Arts

My grandfather used to decorate our home with reproductions –made by himself– of aboriginal petroglyphs. Canvases filled with abstract geometrical shapes made by indigenous peoples in Cuban caves. Was is art? Was it Cuban?From Jose Nicolas de la Escalera to Tania Bruguera are three centuries, many artistic movements, and several art concept revolutions. Three centuries of Cuban art. Or should we go back to the natives? From the Spanish-born Victor Patricio de Landaluze to the Cuban-born universal Tomas Sanchez, what makes an artwork Cuban? Being made in Cuba or by Cubans? In Cuba by a foreigner or abroad by a Cuban? The eternal question. But the answer is: both. Landaluze and Sanchez’s works are equally considered Cuban. And there’s a century of distance among them both.

Architecture

Architecture

Walk down the Malecon, towards the harbor. You see the Morro Castle in the distance. At your left, the Atlantic waters of the Gulf Stream hit the stone, overcome the wall, splash both sidewalk and sidewalkers. At your right the colorful facades ...
Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Cubans first half of the 20th century, you might say, paraded through the Paris catwalk, as mostly everybody else was doing in that time --between wars. Drinking from the fountain, the universal source. Though many of the most important artists didn’t. San Alej...
Literature And Film

Literature And Film

Not only has it been home to many world famous writers--cradle for some, foster home for others--but it has also sets the stage for some well-known pieces of literature, including Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and Graham Greene’s Our...
Music And Dance

Music And Dance

Perhaps the most renowned manifestation of Cuban culture, the music of the island has crossed borders and invaded almost every corner of this world. It has been played, in and out of Cuba, both by Cubans and foreigners who fall for that glow, that ...