Cuba’s largest artisans fair, FIART, opens Monday to the public in its new location at the fortress overlooking the Havana harbor entrance. It will run through December 22. [The fair was scheduled to open Sunday but was put off a day for the national mourning declared for the death of Nelson Mandela.] (21 photos)
Diaven Molina Valera is a Cuban painter, actor, pilot, parachutist and playwright. He believes that art knows no frontiers, that everything is connected. “I’ve liked aviation since I was a kid. I always thought that, if I couldn’t study painting, that I would become a combat-plane pilot,” said Diaven in his interview with HT.
This is the official announcement for the HT Cuba Photo Contest 2014. It is our sixth contest, one for each year of the online publication. The fifth contest saw a record number of photographers (90) entering their pictures. All finalists and semifinalists’ photos will be published by HT.
Art has always reflected the most distinctive characteristics of the historical period in which it has been produced. Portraits, landscapes, sea vistas, figurative and abstract pieces: all have invariably sought to capture their times through different styles. My interviewee, painter and tattoo artist Jose Rene Blanco Salermo, paints canvases and human bodies. A dreamer, he also paints souls.
The moments captured by photographer Sergio Leyva and the sculptures of Alfredo Duquense tell of a reunion among people born in continents far apart, do not even speak the same language, but who nonetheless feel that they are part of the same family. (19 photos)
A stylist is a professional who acts as a beauty consultant, providing clients with advice on the basis of the fashions and trends of the moment. Ruben Alejandro Collantes, whom we interview today, is such a professional in Santiago de Cuba.
With the publication of the winners & special mentions we conclude the 5th HT Photo Contest. This year we had three winners from Cuba: Jaime Prendes (Gardens), Eduardo Garcia (Lines) & Orlando Garcia (Dance). Linda Klip´(USA) won for (Transportation) & Marcin Jucha (UK) for (Rain). (15 photos)
The 20-member jury of the 5th HT Cuba Photo Contest is currently making their selections among the finalists. Thirty-one photographers have at least one photo in the final round. Sixteen of those have two or more entries in the finals. (58 photos)
For the 5th HT Cuba Photo Contest we received 538 pictures from 90 participants competing in the five categories: Dance, Gardens, Lines, Rain and Transportation. The jury, comprised of 20 persons living in 10 countries, is now in session. Here are all the pictures making it to the Second Round. (189 photos)
Pedro Pablo Oliva: “The most interesting thing that’s happened to me these past two years, from the artistic point of view, has been beginning to discover a new character, Utopito, a man from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, who doesn’t understand the world too well. Sometimes, he’s a dissident, sometimes he isn’t….”