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Cuban Art: The Then and Now

Posted by Mark Schneider on January 21, 2014 0 Comments

Art always has a big role in the community. The style of art shown in each of the paintings and art prints in art galleries and museums shows the specific time it was made. Art is what defines a country and its people. By simply looking through all the available art master pieces, one will have an idea of how the artist views the subject, which often times is related to how they see their surrounding and people. However, in the field of art, it is a general fact that each artist in a country has his own style and inspiration in creating their art pieces. This style now serves as the one that draws people to the art piece. In Cuban art, the influences that make up the country’s art area are very diverse. It is a blend of European, African, Spanish and North American influences.

This is the reason that both the Cuban artists from the past and present illustrate a unique perspective in color, subject matter and color in describing their place and their life aspects. Thus, if you are interested in acquiring art prints and paintings, you will be able to appreciate the Cuban art prints and paintings.

The history of Cuban art is divided into several parts. In each of the art era, the style changes and artists are using a different one of their own. If you want to know how the Cuban art has revolutionized since before, there are a lot of museums and Cuban art galleries in the area that you can visit to explore that artistic side of the artists in the place.

Vangauard Artists

Antonio Gattorno is among the pioneers in the art area of the Cuban history. His most known painting, The Siesta, served as the summit of Cuban’s paintings. It is the also the art piece that served as the starting point in Cuban’s surrealist art cycle. There were several more artists that contributed to the earliest history in Cuban art. These painters were also the ones who first adapted the modern Mexican and European art in terms of interpreting their subjects.

Naïve Art

This part of the art in Cuba is known for its childlike freshness and its amateur qualities. Artists who used this style favor the folk or primitive style of art. There were 28 exact terms that were used to describe this style and some those are simple, reality, spontaneous, ingenuous, amateurs and popular.

Contemporary Cuban Art

In the art field, this is described as one that covers the time period following World War II. Among the artists who used this style and became known for it were Wilfredo Lam and Eduardo Abela. All artists who used this style were known to be the ones who bridged the links from the European Modernism to the present Cuban arts.

There is also post revolutionary Cuban art and the present style of art being practiced by artists now. In all these styles, one thing can only be said. It is the style that helped the artists in showing people what they really want to show to them.

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