Street Art // Thursday, May 29, 2014
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is a Cuban-born artist who grew up in New Jersey. In college, he bacame active in the street art scene and helped found artist collectives whose focus lay in attacking billboards and utilizing guerrilla tactics to make their anti-corporate messages and frustrations known. His Identity series is composed of gigantic charcoal portraits of anonymous people scaling the walls of buildings in different cities around the world. These drawings question the controls imposed on public space, the role models that represent us and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory.
Design // Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Many eras have passed in Cuba since Fidel Castro took office in 1959 after the Revolution, but the special character of the graphic art spawned in that chaotic, fertile moment has endured, as this volume shows. In Cuba, posters were, and continue to be, popular tools to disseminate ideas, to encourage the Cuban people in the construction of a new society and to spread information on government programs and/or propaganda...
Juxtapoz // Friday, January 10, 2014
The good people of the Danish Film Institute have a fantastic Flickr account, and have compiled a huge set of Cuban movie posters from the 1960s and 70s. The DFI notes of their collection, "Among these are some fine examples of the unique poster art of Niko, Dimas and Bachs." Also known as some established poster artists.
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 18, 2013
The Orichas Collection consists of the series of drawings by Cuban-born artist Alberto del Pozo of the deities of Afro-Cuban Santería. There are approximately 25 orichas in the Santería pantheon, 17 of which were depicted by del Pozo in this series. Santería refers to the Afro-Cuban practice of Lucumí or Regla de Ocha, a religious system originating with the African Yoruba people. The Orichas Collection includes the original pen, ink, and crayon illustrations.
Juxtapoz // Monday, October 21, 2013
Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada recently revealed this 11-acre portrait of an anonymous girl made by plotting a grid with Topcon GPS technology and then placing 30,000 stakes in Belfast's Titanic Qurter. Volunteers then placed almost 8 million pounds of soil, sand, and rock to complete the final portrait!
Juxtapoz // Friday, August 02, 2013
The Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL) is a cuban politcal movement that, in our opinion, happens to have a history of excellent poster design. The organization's purpose is to fight globalization, imperialism, neoliberalism and defend human rights.
Street Art // Friday, June 29, 2012
In San Francisco, the recently passed legendary comic book artist, Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, received a well-suited tribute mural from notorious artists Mark Bode, Stan 153, and Cuba.
Street Art // Friday, June 08, 2012
El Mac, one of the cover artists of our Public Art examination in May 2012, just sent us over some images of his recent mural in Havana, Cuba for the 11th Havana Biennial (in conjunction with Primary Flight out of Miami, the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), and the UNEAC, (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba).
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 10, 2012
Fusing two distinctively different styles and mediums has been highly beneficial, and impactful for artists JR, and Jose Parla. The two are currently decorating numerous walls in Havana, Cuba for JR’s ongoing project The Wrinkles of the City that has visited multiple cities over the last year. Incorporating Parla’s work has changed the overall look of the project, bringing a refreshing esthetic.
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 26, 2012
Pope Benedict charmed the crowds in Mexico while donning a Sombrero, and now it's on to Cuba, where he'll celebrate Mass in honor of a local saint. And then? In Mexico he pontificated on the drug cartels, but will he be schmoozing with Hugo Chavez who just happens to be visiting Cuba? How does the government accept the visiting Pope whose church has stepped in to provide health and human services in a Communist country?