There seems to be 2 types of art in the areas I visited in Cuba—the tourist art (you know the type… you can find it in any tacky tourist shop). See:
And although this art is purely tourism driven, there is something to be said for the fun, bright colours and the aesthetics of it that makes for a nice addition to your home during those long winter months!
But Paul, being the ever loving and supportive husband that he is—ventured into galleries galore for me to feed my current art infatuation. Obviously it’s bad form to take pictures in galleries so here are shots that I took from outside the galleries!
I don’t know if it’s because I walk by the art in my community with a blind eye, or if it’s that there is less art (which feels like the case but I can’t really believe that), but art is everywhere in Cuba.
From Giger to VanGogh inspired art, there is something dark and foreboding in much of the art that ventures outside of the tourism realm.
These are examples that hover between tourism and local art:
I don’t know, but it feels like surrealism and magical realism are both alive and well in Cuban art. I’m no expert, and my exposure is very limited, but I was struck by how much of the less tourist driven art was filled with skulls, distorted bodies, Santeria symbols, and dark shadows contrasting brighter images. It just felt like I’d walked into an Isabel Allende novel, and well, the artsy lit geek in me… she dug it!
I’ve already told Paul that next trip I’m buying a piece of real art. Watch… Paul won’t ever take me back to Cuba!