Below are the 12 artists who appeared in Alumbrones, all sharing very generously with us their lives, work and passions.
For more information about them, or to purchase some of their work, please contact:
GALERIA CUBANA (BOSTON)
CONDE CONTEMPORARY (Miami)
“Cuba is a very diverse country and not just culturally. Our population is physically diverse, too. It's a great mix and sometimes it appears in our faces. It's a deep-rooted and complex mixture: Asians, Arabs, Spaniards, Blacks, Dutch, Germans...you name it. So the charm of a face stays in my mind and it functions as a part of my discourse.”
Born on February 27, 1953, Edel has dedicated his life to the study of fine arts, being a graduate of both the National School of Art and Institute of Superior Art (ISA). Edel is also a long-standing member of National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba (UNEAC) and has served as a professor of painting at the prestigious San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana.
“I tell you sincerely...I would choose Cuba again, over and over. With all the needs and shortages, this is the place that was chosen for me.”
Born in Guantánamo in 1956, now living in Havana, Isolina specializes in printmaking. She is a graduate of San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba (UNEAC) and the world-renowned Experimental Printmaking Workshop, in Havana.
PEDRO PABLO OLIVA
“Every time I face a new piece, it's like creating the world anew. It's like trying to be god, creating it. Full of contradictions, absurdities and achievements. Each work is a mystery.”
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1949. Oliva’s critical spirit, his unbridled dislike of injustice, coupled with an unequaled love for his home country, have earned him a well-deserved place among Cuba’s most beloved and praised artist. In 2006 he was award the National Visual Arts Award, the highest possible honor for an artist in Cuba.
(L-R) - Darian Rodriguez Medevos; Luis Miguel Perez Ilanez, Luis Toledo del Rio, Raimon Rodriguez Moya
“It's not that we want to just paint to sell, or paint to eat. We paint...because we feel it."
Recent graduates of San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, these young artists represent a cross- section of Cuban art, with their work covering everything from classical to street art.
LUIS RODRIGUEZ NOA
“A grave problem for artists here, is a lack of materials. There are other problems, but this one is constant, which started way back when I was a student.”
Born June 14, 1970 in Baracoa, Guantánamo, NOA is a leader among the new generation of Cuban contemporary artists. He is a 1989 graduate of the National Art School in Havana and a 1994 graduate of the Higher Institute of Industrial Design. NOA lives and works in Havana and is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba (UNEAC) and of the Cuban Prográfica Committee.
“I hope that one day Cuban Art will be as recognized as rum and coffee. The same as their quality gave us a place in the world, I hope our artwork transcends as well.”
Born in Havana, 1964, Sandra is a self-taught artist. Her paintings primarily reflect her daily life in the town of Santa Fe, Cuba, revealing her home-life with her family and friends, her dogs and cats. Sandra has been exhibiting her works since 2000 in Cuba, Canada, Germany and the United States.
“Sometimes at night, we'd throw a party. I would play the accordion. We haven't mentioned there was no electricity. We would have "Alumbrones" (bursts of light), rather than blackouts. Intermittent. I would play the accordion, her sister would sing and her mother would dress as an Arab and do the dance of the seven veils. That's how we'd pass the time. And later, we'd have a lot of sex so we could fall asleep. Because it was so hot and there were no fans.” - Edel Bordón and Yamile Pardo.
Painter and Sculptor. Born June 17, 1971, Yamile is primarily a conceptual sculptor and painter. She is a professor at her alma mater, San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, class of 2001. She is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba (UNEAC).
“Recycling is a curious subject. I had a teacher in Pinar del Rio, Pedro Pablo Oliva, who was very interested in recycling.
When we were kids, he would take our class out into the countryside and would point out some things and say for example: "look at that beautiful garbage can." And I would say: "Profe, how can a garbage can be beautiful?"
It was a curious lesson, because since then, whenever I pass a garbage can, I do marvel at its beauty.”
Born in 1967 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. A master printmaker - specializing in “colografia”, a hybrid of printmaking and etching technique. His limited edition series, feature no two pieces that are alike. Each piece is individualized with varying colors, using both the printing press and hand- embellishments. Beginning his art studies at age 12 at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Raul
Sanchezin, Pinar del Rio, Eduardo went on to attend the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Havana, between 1982 and 1986. Graduating from the acclaimed Institute of Superior Art in 1995, he has since exhibited in France, Spain and Cuba, as well as group shows in the U.S., Portugal, Sweden, Mexico and Latin America.