Juxtapoz // Friday, July 03, 2015
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.
Design // Thursday, July 02, 2015
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 // Tuesday, June 16, 2015
My wife Deb and I just got back from a week in Cuba, touring the 12th Havana Biennial Art Exhibition with a group of "art professionals" from the U.S. This year the theme was, "Between the Idea and Experience." Indeed!. I'd never been to Cuba, but it's always been on my mind—at least since 1959. Both my parents were socialists (to say the least about the most), and union organizers in New York City. I'm what is, sometimes affectionately (sometimes not so much), called a "red diaper baby." And I love Afro Cuban music to death. To put those two concepts together for you, Ry Cooder once told me, "Robbie, you have to go to Cuba for the music and to breathe non-capitalist air." He might as well have added, "Before it's too late." (At least for that air.)
Photography // Monday, June 15, 2015
Until June 20, Nad Yaqub is working to fund the publication of a photobook titled “Havana Life”. The project, which is hoping to be funded through a Kickstarter campaign, documents Cuba’s capital city of Havana and it’s vibrant culture through photography. With a mix of both color and black and white images, Yaqub works to immerse the viewer in Havana life.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 11, 2015
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 // 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.
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, 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!
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).