Arts


Agustin Bejarano Returns to Cuba after Serving Sentence for Pedophilia in Miami

April 22, 2014 | No Comments »

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.




Cuban Artist Recreates “The Hole” Where Cuban Five Were Held in Isolation

April 20, 2014 | 2 comments

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)




Cuban Artist Tomas Sanchez Shows Works in Cuba after 27 Years

April 17, 2014 | No Comments »

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)




Santiago de Cuba: City of Sculptures

April 4, 2014 | 2 comments

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)




Unesco Circulates List of 70 Works Stolen from Cuban Museum

March 10, 2014 | 3 comments

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.




Castro Replaces His Minister of Culture

March 6, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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.




Major Cuba Art Theft Confirmed

March 1, 2014 | No Comments »

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.




Big Time Theft at Cuba Fine Arts Museum

February 27, 2014 | 3 comments

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.




A Cuban Artist over Ninety

February 17, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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.




Havana’s Street Art

February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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)