We love art and quite frankly, we're collectors. More is more. And we want more ALWAYS! Cuban art is one of the most interesting flavors of the art world. It is loud, it is colorful, it is uncomfortable and it is eclectic at best. And for all those reasons, we're fans! Cuban art is as culturally diverse as imaginable.. it's a mix of African, South American, European and North American elements, reflecting the diverse demographic makeup of the island itself. These dynamic elements make Cuban art thought provoking on the best days. And that's something we can all get on board with!
Cuban art is deeply meaningful and often times relays a story. The story of the Cuban people has been one of hardship and mixed emotions, with their happiness comes great sadness. Artists leverage these elements within their art to show the battle of these paradoxes and often depict a sense of fantasy in their paintings. Cuban art makes you feel something - it is complex, intricate and makes you stop in your tracks.
In the pieces featured above, a local, street artist depicts nature in the most human-like form. The human form takes on the liking of strong and ruthless winds that the island is subject too while featuring the cat as a symbol of something unwanted. In Cubans macho culture, cats were often neglected and left out in the street rarely being considered pets.
The vibrant colors used in all original Cuban art contribute to the playful nature of the artists style. It becomes a well recognized feature that adds value to any interior space that displays it. Our pieces were all collected on our vacations to Cuba within nearby art galleries that are flooded with original pieces often waiting to be stretched onto canvases. The secret to finding the perfect piece is really to keep digging through the piles of talented and unknown artists to discover what will work best in your home.
Now keep in mind that every country has rules and regulations when it comes to exporting works of art out of their country. So make sure you are well aware of what those restrictions are before you begin your art hunt for the day!
Collecting art from various corners of the globe is a true privilege and it is one we are fortunate enough to partake in. However, make sure you become aware or your surroundings.. sometimes going to your local flea market can do the trick and you'll come home with a piece that is just as interesting! Happy collecting!