June 16–August 4, 2006
Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.
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. He has since made numerous trips to the area, working with artists, cultural centers, museums and art schools in Santiago and the surrounding provinces. He has helped to aquire and bring supplies and materials to them through the Global Tapestry Foundation and amassed a large and unique collection of art from the region. Also as a result of his work, artist exchanges have developed, supported by the Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange. Several exhibitions have been brought to the United States, most recently to Oakland, California, where both the Oakland Museum of California and the Craft and Cultural Gallery displayed works from the collection. He has recently completed a documentary on the artists. The work from his collection is touring for the first time.
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.