Posts Tagged ‘cuba’

Artist of the moment……..Manuel Mendive



Manuel Mendive is a contemporary Cuban painter. Manuel Mendive was born in Havana, Cuba in the year 1944. Mendive works in multiple mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, and carving.

Mendive attended the San Alejandro Academy of Plastic Art.

Below we visit Tapaste, Havana and visit the studio of Manuel Mendive:

The artist tries to represent his west african and Cuban roots in his artwork. Sometimes he includes sand and human hair.

Mendive has been based out of Cuba for a majority of his life, but traveled to Africa for the first time in 1982.

Price range information: Prints can be found for $1,000. Watercolors from $4,000 to $20,000. Sculpture works range from $10,000 to $90,000.

The artist is renown for his performance art and body painting. In this clip we view several women that the artist painted:

Manuel Mendive is a wonderful example of contemporary art. I enjoy the narrative quality of his art which reminds of American artist Betye Saar. Both artists use items from every day life such as human hair to tell a story.




Artist of the moment…………Kcho



Kcho is a contemporary sculptor, print maker, and mixed media artist from Cuba. Kcho was born in the year 1970. The artist attended the National School of Fine Arts located in Havana, Cuba.

Kcho’s government name is Alexis Machado. The artist has shown his work in Asia and North America.

As a youngster he was inspired by the art of Bruce Nauman.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a montage of works by KCHO:

Kcho tries to use items from the current culture of Cuba. Boats and boat parts such as a propeller have been a favorite subject matter over the years for the artist.

The artist is based out of Cuba.

Below a great story on how Kcho helped to bring free WiFi to the people of Cuba!:

Kcho is one of my favorite artists when it comes to portraying the boat. My favorite work by the artist is his boat made out of books. We can take it for symbol that reading and acquiring knowledge is the key to getting to where we would like to be.






Artist of the moment…….Abdoulaye Konaté



Abdoulaye Konaté is one the brightest stars of the African art scene. Konaté is renown for his work with figures and textiles.

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in Diré, Mali in the year 1953. The artist studied at the National Art Academy located in Bamako, Mali. The artist went on to study abroad and at the National Institute for Art located in Havana, Cuba.

The artist is now based out of Bamako. He works as a graphics designer and has worked for the National Museum.

Though his work is very abstract it is based on actual events and feelings. His work has explored thoughts on racism, religion, and A.I.D.S.

Konaté likes to use materials that are unique to Mali.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a wonderful clip showing closeup views of works by the artist:

Having seen the much hyped work of El Anatsui at the Denver Museum, I am much more impressed by the works of Konaté as his works mix both realism and abstraction. Both have a similar sense of design, but for me Konaté’s work is bold and easy to understand.




Artist of the moment……..Duvier Del Dago


Duvier Del Gado is a Cuban artist renown his three dimensional drawings and installations of material items most people are trying to attain. Duvier Del Dago was born in Zulueta, Villa Clara, Cuba in the year 1976.

Some past subjects include castles, motorcycles, and guns.

The artist attended the ISE ( Instituto Superior del Arte). A major mentor for Del Dago was another Cuban artist named Rene Rodriguez.

Del Gado has been a two time participant in the Havana, Cuba Art biennial.

Below a great interview with Duvier Del Dago talking about his creative process and how much he enjoys drawing. Del Dago says he has been drawing as long as he can remember.

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What a creative artist! It will be interesting to see if the artist ever tries to use more color in his installations. What I enjoy most about this very modern artist, is the fact he doesn’t use any technology yet his artwork from a distance looks like a hologram. He often starts by a drawing of the subject on semi transparent nylon. Then he makes a connect the dots system he developed using hooks on wooden panels and thread.



Artist of the moment………Los Carpinteros


Los Carpinteros is a wonderful artistic duo from Havana, Cuba. The duo looks for a humorous point of view and often include aspects of architecture in their artwork.

The team started out with three members named Marko Valdes, Dagoberto Sanchez, Alexandra Arrechea. Alexandra Arrechea quit the team in 2003 but the other two members kept working as a duo and maintained the group name.

Marco Valdes was born in Camagüey, Cuba in the year 1971. The artist attended school in Camaguéy and Havana, Cuba.

Dagoberto Sanchez was born in Caibarien, Las Villas, Cuba in the year 1969. Sanchez studied art in Santa Clara and Havana, Cuba.

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at $10,000 to original watercolors at $60,000.

In this clip a brief interview with the artistic duo:

The duo is able to achieve a great sense of depth in their artwork.


Artist of the moment……Emilio Sanchez



Emilio Sanchez was a Cuban artist renown for his depictions of Latin American and Caribbean architecture. Emilio Sanchez was born in Camaguey, Cuba in the year 1921. Sanchez came to the United States in 1944. The artist settled in New York City and attended the Art Student’s League of New York.

Sanchez was a painter and printmaker. His specialty was to isolate a door or window and use a variety of colors and patterns that give these works Pop Art and Warholish feel.

Emilio Sanchez passed away in 1999.

Below we visit a show that took place at Southern Illinois University:

What I enjoy most about this artist’s work is his shadows. I am reminded of American painter Robert Townsend, who often uses watercolor as his medium of choice. He gets wonderful lighting effects from using many light layers of paint that aren’t always picked up when seen digitally. This artist was very bold in his shadow shapes often times repeating a geometric shape seen elsewhere in the composition.

I enjoy his landscapes for their minimalist feel. Often Sanchez concentrated on the outline of the buildings against the sky and left out the windows of the buildings altogether.

His use of basic geometric shapes help to give his work a great sense of depth.

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolors and oils which can range from $4,000 to $30,000. Sanchez also produced lithographs which can range from $1,000 to $5,000.



Artist of the moment…….Pedro Oraa



Pedro Oraa is a world renown artist from Cuba working in an abstract style. Pedro Oraa was born in Havana, Cuba in the year 1931.

For his artistic education Oraa attended the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, Cuba.

The artist made a voyage to Europe where he studied the works of the master’s in the 1960s.

Oraa is also a well known and respected art critic.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist has very bold shapes and contrasting colors in many of his works. If I were to compare him to other artists working in a similar manner check out the work of Karl Benjamin or Ellsworth Kelly.




Artist of the moment…..Pedro Pablo Oliva

Pedro Pablo Oliva was born in the year 1949 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.  Oliva works with the figure in a whimsical fashion with his own mix of realism and surrealism. Oliva was interested in a creating as a child, and won many awards for art as a youngster. For his artistic education Pedro Oliva attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas located in Havana, Cuba.

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For me personally what I enjoy most about Oliva’s style is the his depiction of fabric. Its a great blend of abstraction and color pattern. In addition the stylized manner Oliva portrays the hand I find elegant.

One influence on the artist was a Cuban painter named Antonia Eiriz. Through this teacher Oliva learned to paint his emotions. Below an example of Eiriz’s artwork.


Another large influence on the artist was painter Eduardo Abela. Again another artist who worked in a surrealistic manner to get his point across. Very whimsical and playful. Below an example of Abela’s work.


Began selling his art for money in 1970.

In this clip a short selection of sculptures by Pedro Oliva:

What a talented artist working in a many mediums.


Artist of the moment…..Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was born in Havana, Cuba in the year  1948. Mendieta was a performance artist also known for her photography. A famous series by the artist included replicating her silhouette in various locations.  This series is called the “earth-body” series. Mendieta also produced performance art and sculpture.

Below an example of Ana Mendieta’s work with her silhouette:

In order to escape Cuba, she and a sister were sent to the States. Mendieta was nine years old at the time.

Some of Mendieta’s themes were feminism, life, death, and her connection to the planet earth. The main series is the silhouetta series where the artist used her own body covered in mud, sand, grass, and even blood. She would then shoot photographs of these works and sold these.

In some works she even used fire as a medium and recorded the images on film.

For her collegiate education Mendieta attended the University of Iowa earning both a bachelors and master’s degree. A major influence during these times was Hans Breder. Below some works by Hans Breder.

Sadly Ana Mendieta died from a fall in 1985 from her 34th story floor apartment in New York City. Her husband was tried and acquitted of murdering his wife. The court said it was either an accident or a suicide. Mendieta was only 36 years old. Her husband was also an artist and below an example of his style, his name is Carl Andre.


One of the last series the work’s by the artist were photo etchings of some cave sculptures the artist made in her native of Cuba.

In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring Ana Mendieta.

Price range information; Works range from $3,000 to $170,000.

Below an example of the artist working with blood. Blood was important in the performing of certain religious rituals for Mendieta.


Artist of the moment…..Osmeivy Ortega Pacheco

Osmeivy Ortega Pacheco is a great emerging artist born in Havana, Cuba in 1980. The artist is renown for his drawing and prints that bring animals and wildlife we might ordinarily see at the zoo, to our living room.

At the beginning of his collegiate studies the artist was determined to be a lawyer. When push came to shove Pacheco abandoned the idea of law and started to chase the dream of becoming an artist.  For his artistic collegiate education Pacheco graduated from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba.

After graduating from the university he was offered a position on the teaching faculty which he accepted. He has taught there since 2003.

Two heavy artistic influences are Michelangelo and the great Albert Durer. Durer was renown for his woodcuts and as a printmaker Ortega Pacheco has built a reputation for making oustanding linocuts.

A favorite animal of the artists to recreate is the zebra.

Has exhibited in the United States, Cuba, Sweden, London, and Panama.

Price range information: Prints done are usually woodcuts or linocuts that  range from $2,500 to $5,000. Most editions are done in sets of 5.

In this clip done with an interpreter, we learn more about the artists background and how he became an artist.


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