Welcome to the Cuban Art Department, your guide to Cuban art and culture both on and off the island.
  • The Interwoven Modernism of Darian Rodriguez Mederos

    by John Sevigny One could be forgiven for dismissing Darian Rodriguez Mederos’ large, technically masterful and tightly-cropped portraits as a Cuban attempt to rework the photo realism of Chuck Close. Such shallow comparisons have been made in my presence and will surely continue. We live in complicated times when people want easy answers and the […]

  • Reimagining Renaissance Art :

    The first time I met Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio was in Havana when, as promised, he collected me from the airport.  Prior to that, our conversations had all taken place via email.  His writing was formal, stilted and completely devoid of the witty slang and “chispa” (spark) you might expect from a Habanero, but […]

  • The Inimitable Bert Rodriguez

    …there is something about Bert.  I think it’s his smile.  Mischievous and childlike, in his presence one feels as though he may mount some bizarre, quiet and bloodless revolution at any moment. His bio : “Bert Rodriguez (born in 1975 and raised in Miami, FL) is an artist and composer who works with a wide […]

  • Wifredo Lam by Way of an Afrofuturist Graffiti Artist

    by Joseph Nechvatal     “The letter is armed to stop all the phony formations, lies, and tricknowlegies placed upon its structure.” —Rammellzee PARIS — Wifredo Lam’s hot, hybrid style is essentially spiky. His skittish, prickly, armed imagery, most evident in “Umbral” (1950), prefigures the formal edginess of the weaponized letters in Rammellzee’s Gothic Futurism. As with […]

  • Shie Moreno X Flying Pyramids

    Shie Moreno X Flying Pyramids. NorCal 2011. from FLYING ▲ PYRAMIDS on Vimeo. Gorgeous video of Cuban artist Shie Moreno creating a spectacular mural. The natural setting, cinematography, and music combined with the art are stunning.

  • “Balseros” by Aurora Molina

    “Balseros in Miami!  Just arrived from a stint in Gainesville. ‘Do not cast your pearls before swine.’ ” – Aurora Molina “The ‪#‎wetfoot‬, ‪#‎dryfoot‬ policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that essentially says that anyone who fled Cuba and entered the United […]

  • Yovani Bauta on ArteMundo Latino

    “Arte Mundo Latino explores the various cultural tributary streams that have shaped Hispanic culture in the United States. Using art and culture as a springboard, the show delves in the origin of the diverse cultural trends that have informed the many cultures coexisting at present both in the United States and abroad.”  Click here to […]

  • RMG Launches ARTE Cuba Names Curator

    Redwood Media Group announced today the launch of a stand alone event, ARTE Cuba, as part of ART SAN DIEGO, and SPECTRUM Miami Contemporary Art Shows.  ARTE Cuba will present a carefully curated group of Cuban modern, contemporary and cutting edge art represented by galleries, art dealers and the artists themselves. Conde Contemporary Director Stacy […]

  • Andres Conde

                      Uprooted from Cuba as a child, and brought to Miami via Spain in 1983, Andres Conde, an expressionist with a love for graphic art, mitigates the feeling of displacement by merging images from popular American culture with historic examples of Cuban iconography. Conde chooses subjects representative […]

  • 10 Questions : Marissa Alma Nick to Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio

    This morning I spoke with my friend, Cuban-American choreographer and dancer, Marissa Alma Nick.  She was absolutely fascinated by a work I recently posted, “La Seducción de la Mirada” by Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio.  “I can think of ten questions I’d love to ask him about the piece right now.”  I asked her to […]

The Interwoven Modernism of Darian Rodriguez Mederos

The Interwoven Modernism of Darian Rodriguez Mederos

by John Sevigny One could be forgiven for dismissing Darian Rodriguez Mederos’ large, technically masterful and tightly-cropped portraits as a Cuban attempt to rework the photo realism of Chuck Close. Such shallow comparisons have been made in my presence and will surely continue. We live in complicated times when people want easy answers and the […]

Reimagining Renaissance Art :

Reimagining Renaissance Art :

The first time I met Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio was in Havana when, as promised, he collected me from the airport.  Prior to that, our conversations had all taken place via email.  His writing was formal, stilted and completely devoid of the witty slang and “chispa” (spark) you might expect from a Habanero, but […]

The Inimitable Bert Rodriguez

The Inimitable Bert Rodriguez

…there is something about Bert.  I think it’s his smile.  Mischievous and childlike, in his presence one feels as though he may mount some bizarre, quiet and bloodless revolution at any moment. His bio : “Bert Rodriguez (born in 1975 and raised in Miami, FL) is an artist and composer who works with a wide […]

Wifredo Lam by Way of an Afrofuturist Graffiti Artist

Wifredo Lam by Way of an Afrofuturist Graffiti Artist

by Joseph Nechvatal     “The letter is armed to stop all the phony formations, lies, and tricknowlegies placed upon its structure.” —Rammellzee PARIS — Wifredo Lam’s hot, hybrid style is essentially spiky. His skittish, prickly, armed imagery, most evident in “Umbral” (1950), prefigures the formal edginess of the weaponized letters in Rammellzee’s Gothic Futurism. As with […]

Shie Moreno X Flying Pyramids

Shie Moreno X Flying Pyramids. NorCal 2011. from FLYING ▲ PYRAMIDS on Vimeo. Gorgeous video of Cuban artist Shie Moreno creating a spectacular mural. The natural setting, cinematography, and music combined with the art are stunning.

“Balseros” by Aurora Molina

“Balseros” by Aurora Molina

“Balseros in Miami!  Just arrived from a stint in Gainesville. ‘Do not cast your pearls before swine.’ ” – Aurora Molina “The ‪#‎wetfoot‬, ‪#‎dryfoot‬ policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that essentially says that anyone who fled Cuba and entered the United […]

Yovani Bauta on ArteMundo Latino

Yovani Bauta on ArteMundo Latino

“Arte Mundo Latino explores the various cultural tributary streams that have shaped Hispanic culture in the United States. Using art and culture as a springboard, the show delves in the origin of the diverse cultural trends that have informed the many cultures coexisting at present both in the United States and abroad.”  Click here to […]

RMG Launches ARTE Cuba Names Curator

RMG Launches ARTE Cuba Names Curator

Redwood Media Group announced today the launch of a stand alone event, ARTE Cuba, as part of ART SAN DIEGO, and SPECTRUM Miami Contemporary Art Shows.  ARTE Cuba will present a carefully curated group of Cuban modern, contemporary and cutting edge art represented by galleries, art dealers and the artists themselves. Conde Contemporary Director Stacy […]

Andres Conde

Andres Conde

                  Uprooted from Cuba as a child, and brought to Miami via Spain in 1983, Andres Conde, an expressionist with a love for graphic art, mitigates the feeling of displacement by merging images from popular American culture with historic examples of Cuban iconography. Conde chooses subjects representative […]

10 Questions : Marissa Alma Nick to Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio

10 Questions : Marissa Alma Nick to Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio

This morning I spoke with my friend, Cuban-American choreographer and dancer, Marissa Alma Nick.  She was absolutely fascinated by a work I recently posted, “La Seducción de la Mirada” by Luis Enrique Toledo del Rio.  “I can think of ten questions I’d love to ask him about the piece right now.”  I asked her to […]