The famous painter and sculptor Agustin Bejarano, convicted of sexually abusing a minor, returned to Cuba this month after spending three years in prison in the United States.
During the month of April an unusual installation is showing at the Havana Fine Arts Museum titled “No Agradezcan el Silencio” (Don’t thank the silence) by artist Alexis Leiva Machado (Kcho). (20 photos)
Tomás Sanchez had not had an exhibition in Cuba since 1987. Though some of his paintings were occasionally exhibited in a number of biennales in Havana, there had been no solo exhibitions by the artist since that date. The artist had been blacklisted (his yoga and meditation practices weren’t well seen at the time).(13 photos)
In 2010, the city of Santiago de Cuba held its first Public Sculpture Symposium. During the event, Cuban artists and US sculptor Melvin Edwards sculpted pieces which were installed in public spaces around the city. In 2013, the 2nd Symposium included Cuban artists and the works of Japanese artist Yoshida Mitsumasa. (18 photos)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published today a list of 70 artworks recently stolen from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. Cuban authorities had confirmed the robbery but without giving specific figures on the number of stolen pieces.
Raul Castro dismissed Wednesday his Minister of Culture, Rafael Bernal, after two years in office; no reason was given. Bernal was immediately replaced with the current deputy minister, Julián González Toledo, 52.
The report of a major theft of valuable Cuban art from the island’s Fine Arts Museum was confirmed on Friday in a statement from the National Council of Cultural Heritage.
Nearly a hundred paintings have been stolen from Havana’s National Fine Arts Museum in what could well be the most serious misappropriation of Cuba’s artistic heritage of recent decades.
Thelvia Marin Mederos is a Cuban painter, sculptor and writer. Now over ninety years old, she is still artistically active. She talks about her life as an artist with HT.
Graffiti is part of the urban environment of all the world’s major (and not-so-major) cities. While some forms of graffiti are veritable works of art, others undermine the city’s aesthetic beauty and norms. (20 photos)