Cuban artist Leslie Sardinias works across a variety of mediums in his New York City studio, from drawing to performance. Of central concern to Sardinias is the relationship between the United States and Cuba–both in terms of the immigrant experience and the geopolitical chess game that has played out between the two for over a century.
As a point of entry into these complex issues, he often employs the motif of the sea as a way to explore the ideas of boundaries, economic and cultural exchange, and transnational communication. Sardinias has been exhibited around the world at institutions like the Museum of Fine Arts of Havana and the Florence Biennale and can also be found in many prominent collections, including the Spanish Royal Collection and the Melia Cohiba Collection.
CB Hoyo was born in 1995 in Havana, Cuba. At a young age, he immigrated to the Dominican Republic, and now lives in Belgium. His artistic process began as a child, when he started interpreting the world through his paintings. Over the past few years, his work has increased in stature.
A self-trained artist, CB Hoyo continually produces works that celebrate life itself. Fresh, colorful, and fun are three words that easily describe his creations. Working in acrylics, either on canvas or paper, the artist uses a mixture of art historical trends but always incorporates his unique voice.
Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York. His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.
Cuban born and raised artist Elsa Mora is a multidisciplinary artist who creates by painting, drawing, sculpting, porcelain, book making and jewelry design. Growing up poor taught her a series of important lessons that she will always treasure. She learned that the most precious possession that you have is your mind. She also learned that creativity and imagination could solve any problem, whether it’s a material problem or an emotional one.
Mora pulls from elements of the natural world to illustrate intimate journeys of personal evolution and transformation. Her paintings of female figures with root limbs, bird heads, and other human/nature hybrids are all at once entrancing, surreal, and provocative.
Sergio Garcia is a Cuban-American artist, a sculptor and a painter who uses art as a mean for exploring his personal identity, both past and present within the context of the ever present human condition and the socio-political environment.
El Mac was just in Cuba for the 11th Havana Biennial in collaboration between Primary Flight out of Miami, the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), and the UNEAC, (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba). The result is another amazing piece of public art in a place that most Americans have yet to see. Read Mac’s blog on the subject here.
Prague marketing firm RSGC decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International by creating birthday cakes in the form of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the wonderfully crappy Belarus leader, Alexander Lukashenko. How to keep their mouths shut? Take the cake from their mouths. It works, trust us. The images also have the quote… “50 years together with you cutting down the voice of oppression.” Great stuff.