Topic Descriptor: Cuban×
  • Juan Boza
    Morris, Randall
    In this essay, Randall Morris contextualizes the production of Juan Boza in relationship to the U.S. urban environment in which he was working. He notes that in contemporary western society religious art is often relegated to the margins but, as an [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847786

  • Juan Boza : excerpts from the artist's final statement, January 1991
    Boza, Juan, 1941-1991
    Artist Juan Boza opens this statement by discussing his hometown of Camagüey, Cuba. He mentions that the city has many “magico-religious” legends inherited from its ancestors. Boza also notes the African roots of his religious beliefs stating [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847660

  • Juan Boza : interview with Ricardo Viera
    Boza, Juan, 1941-1991; Viera, Ricardo, 1945-
    In this interview, Ricardo Viera and Juan Boza discuss the latter’s artistic training in Cuba, including the schools that he attended; the awards that he won; his job as a designer at the Coliseo Nacional de Cultura [National Coliseum of Culture] [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847698

  • Juan Boza : reinventing himself
    Viera, Ricardo, 1945-
    In this short text, Ricardo Viera looks at the work of Cuban artist Juan Boza, following his immigration to the United States, and transition from “science fiction” based work to art based on Santería. Viera opens this essay with a discussion of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847679

  • Juan Marinello : lo que pensamos de él
    Abreu Gómez, Ermilo, 1894-1971
    Ermilo Abreu Gómez interviews Cuban Juan Marinello for Frente a Frente [Face to Face], the journal of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR) [League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists]. In the interview, the key issue of artistic [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 779388

  • La mejor plástica de una nueva cultura : el afichismo cubano
    Bayón, Damián
    The Argentine critic Damián Bayón went to Cuba in July 1979 to interview Cuban architects Fernando Salinas, Roberto Segre, and Daniel Taboada. While he was in Havana, Bayón noticed that a governmental ban on private commerce had led to an absence [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825078

  • Labat
    Labat, Tony, 1951-
    In Tony Labat’s short artist statement, he notes that he left Cuba as a child and upon his return there as an adult in the early 1980s he felt as much a stranger there as in the United States. Labat discusses how before his return to Cuba his art [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 801718

  • Luis Cruz Azaceta : interview with Friedhelm Mennekes
    Mennekes, Friedhelm; Azaceta, Luis Cruz, 1942-
    In this interview with Friedhelm Mennekes, Luis Cruz Azaceta (b. 1942) expresses his desire to study art from a young age. The artist notes that while he was at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (1966–69) he painted geometric abstraction, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 801778

  • Nature at the sensual extreme : Mario Bencomo's paintings
    Kuspit, Donald B.
    In this essay, American art critic Donald Kuspit discusses the sensuality of the paintings of Cuban-born artist Mario Bencomo. Kuspit notes that the works are both pleasurable and melancholic (revealing the dialectics of desire). He examines specific [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848077

  • Nuestro arte y las circunstancias nacionales
    Marinello, Juan, 1898-1977
    The speech by the Cuban poet and essayist Juan Marinello records his position on Cuban vernacular art at a breakthrough moment in the consolidation of the island’s avant-garde. Marinello raises concerns over the country’s environment, which he [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1125430

  • Nueva pintura de Cuba
    Pogolotti, Graziella, 1932
    In “Nueva Pintura de Cuba,” Cuban cultural scholar Graziella Pogolotti illustrates the importance of a specific generation of Cuban artists who began to paint during the country’s most tumultuous period. In the 1953 exhibition, Homage to Mart [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1126501

  • Past Cuba : identity and identification in Cuban-American art
    Bosch, Lynette M. F.
    This document contains the introduction to the exhibition catalog of Past Cuba: Identity and Identification in Cuban-American Art (1997) by curator and art historian Lynette M.F. Bosch in which she explains that the premise of the exhibition was to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848178

  • Pequeña Habana = Little Havana
    Blanc, Giulio V.
    Giulio V. Blanc includes a brief bilingual overview of the different generations of Cuban American artists, and this includes the Miami Generation (those who immigrated to Miami in the 1960s), the Post-Miami Generation (artists born in exile), those [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847580

  • Pintando, las minorias ganan la calle
    Solórzano Foppa, Julio
    In this text, the Mexican writer Julio Solórzano contextualizes a lecture that the Chicago mural painter and activist John Weber gave while in Mexico and includes a brief history of Latino murals in Chicago. Solarzano explains that the mural [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840561

  • Por decisión o por circunstancia : razones de un exilio inevitable
    Fuentes-Pérez, Ileana
    This Spanish version of Ileana Fuentes-Pérez’s essay published in Outside Cuba: Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists, the catalogue for the exhibition of the same title held from 1987 to 1989 in six cities of the U.S., focuses on the reasons why so [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 845256

  • Public voices and private transcendence=Voces públicas y transcendencia privada
    Trasobares, César
    In this bilingual essay, Cuban-American artist César Trasobares reflects on the work of his late friend and fellow artist Carlos Alfonzo .Trasobares notes that Alfonzo developed different public and private personas, and throughout his life Alfonzo [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847846

  • Some reasons to love Carmen = Algunas razones para amar a Carmen
    Valdés, Gustavo, 1965-
    In this short bilingual essay, Gustavo Valdés highlights the importance of Cuban painter Carmen Herrera (b. 1915) as a harbinger in geometric abstraction, as well as the most senior Latino artist working in New York. Following a brief anecdote of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 822077

  • Some thoughts concerning the exhibit of "Hispanic American Art in Chicago"
    Sorell, V. A. (Victor A.)
    In this curatorial essay, Victor A. Sorell weighs opposition to the term “Hispanic” with the need to label the Latino artists of diverse origins included in the exhibition, Arte Hispano-Americano en Chicago=Hispanic-American Art in Chicago. He [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 781458

  • Soriano : la luz como expresión
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa discusses the work of Cuban-born artist Rafael Soriano as a prime example of what he has termed “oneiric luminism,” which is Latin American art’s most original contribution to modernism, according to the author [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848129

  • Soriano : light as utterance
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa discusses the work of Cuban-born artist Rafael Soriano as a prime example of what he has termed “oneiric luminism,” which is Latin American art’s most original contribution to modernism, according to the author [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848096

  • Synopsis of the symposium on the Hispanic American aesthetic : origins, manifestations, and significance
    Quirarte, Jacinto, 1931-
    Art historian Jacinto Quirarte lays a framework for discussing an artwork or body of work by examining the tradition to which it belongs and the reasons for which (and for whom) it was created. Summarizing the conclusions of the 1979 Symposium on the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 846381

  • The Miami generation
    Blanc, Giulio V.
    In this essay, Guilio V. Blanc opens with an anecdote about exile, which he relates to the art of the “Miami Generation” featured in the exhibition. He explains that “The Miami Generation” is a term that came from an endnote in a 1983 [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 799845

  • The Naturally Multicultural Art of Eladio Gonzalez
    Masud, María
    Based on personal interviews and archival documents, María Masud examines the creative process of Cuban-born, Chicago-based painter and sculptor Eladio González in relation to his life—in both Cuba and the United States—his personal values, and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 840361

  • The Theatre of Nature: Paul Sierra's Paintings = Las Pinturas de Paul Sierra: Un teatro de la Naturaleza
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa analyzes the paintings of Chicago-based, Cuban-American artist Paul Sierra within a framework of the convergence of nineteenth-century American landscape painting with what he calls the “theatricality” of Latin [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802044

  • Transnational cuban art
    Farris Thompson, Robert
    The prominent scholar Robert Farris Thompson examines in this essay the presence of Afro-Cuban culture in the artworks featured in the 1991–1992 exhibition Cuba-USA: The First Generation. Thompson discusses the photographs of Ramón Guerrero, which [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848039

  • Two currents : the life and work of Carlos Alfonzo = Dos Corrientes : la vida y la obra de Carlos Alfonzo
    Viso, Olga M., 1966-
    In this bilingual overview of the life and art of Carlos Alfonzo, curator Olga Viso provides biographical information about the artist, with an emphasis on the impact his immigration to the United States had on his life and work. Viso first discusses [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847827