Posts Tagged ‘havana’

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…..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.


1000th post…..Artist of the moment…..Sandra Ramos Lorenzo

Sandra Ramos was born in Havana, Cuba in 1969. For her art education she attended many schools in the Havana area studying engraving and art. She also attended the Institute of the Superior Arts also in La Habana. Her work is a mixture of pop art as she often makes social and political commentary in her work.

In addition to being an artist Ramos has also worked as a curator for many years.

Winner of Cuban Cultural Award in 1997.

Has completed artist in residence stays in Japan, Italy, and England.

A link to the website of the artist. A great place to view her many mediums she has mastered.

In this clip we view a show opening for the artist at Mayer Fine Art located in Norfolk, Virginia. This show took place in 2010.

Part of the teaching faculty at the Institute of the Superior Arts. Here Ramos taught the art of printmaking.

First solo show was in 1993.

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Artist of the moment….Cuban artist Jose Bedia Valdes….


The artist was born in January of 1959 in Havana, Cuba.

The artist went thru many years of schooling, high school and college ages, in Havana as well. In 1991 he emigrated to Mexico.  In 1993 he moved to the United States. He now lives and works out of Miami, Florida.

The artist served in the Cuban military, living in Angola. He was able to introduce a very primative feel to his artwork after this experience.

Bedia has worked in many mediums including collage, acrylics, ink, pastel, oils, and chalk.

The artist has been in many international group shows from Beijing to Venice. The artist won a Guggenheim Fellowship award in 1993.

A clip showing some works of the artist.

Jose Bedia talking about an installation he completed for a show a few years ago.

An interview with the Miami Art Museum and the artist done in 2012.

low price range: $5,000

high price range: $18,000

I enjoy this artist for his expressionistic quality of his work. A cross between the cave paintings found in Lascaux, France and the Neo-Expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. The line work  is simple, but communicate well to the viewer. Also interesting is the use of dark vs. light shapes.

Part of many musuem collections including the Tampa Bay Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum, and Los Angeles Country Museum of Art.