June 16–August 4, 2006
Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.
The Gallery of Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibit presented by the Meridian International Center of Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange, featuring work by artist from the Oriente (eastern) region of Cuba beginning on June 16. Entitled Cuba Oriente: Contemporary Painting from Eastern Cuba, the exhibition includes 60 exceptionally rich and vibrant works from what is often described as the heartland of Cuban culture. The area, located over 650 miles from Havana, is not well known by Americans in general due to the complex relationship between Cuba and the United States. Cuba Oriente brings to light the stunning art of this colorful region.
The Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange was founded by Clyde Hensley, whose travels and lifelong interest in art brought him to Eastern Cuba in 1995. Here he met many artists, working under difficult conditions with few materials, and became passionate about helping them to emerge from their regional isolation.
The fourteen participating artists span generations. Several of the artists are self-taught. Others include a former museum director, professors and graduates of the region’s art academies. The works on display in Cuba Oriente vary in subject and style. Classical and modern styles intertwine and rich hues abound. Included are breathtaking landscapes, genre scenes, abstract works, surrealistic themes and richly imagined comments on life in Cuba. Oil, acrylic and woodcut are the primary mediums.