The exhibition was an expression of homage to Sara Gonzalez, the singer and songwriter, and one of the founders of the “Nueva Trova” (New Sound Movement) of Cuba in the 70s, but who died a few years back. She expressed pride in her Cuban identity through music that celebrated national heroes like Jose Marti, and the leaders of the Cuban Revolution. As one of Cuba’s great cultural icons, her impact on the music scene has been profound.
Cuban art and music is unique, reflecting both its Afro-Caribbean and Spanish roots, the liberating experience of the revolution, followed by the hardships and frustration caused by the trade embargo imposed on it. Liudmila Lopez Dominguez, who has exhibited internationally many times over, curated this exhibition of twenty-nine Cuban artists. This included two artists that have received the National Arts Awards, Nelson Dominguez and Roberto Fabelo. There were mostly lithographs, a few chalcography, etchings and a lovely silkscreen by Liudmila of a pair of high heels with guitars at their base. Abel Prieto, the adviser to President Raul Castro, and previously the Minister of Culture, also has an interesting painting on display at this exhibition.
Very reasonably priced, the paintings were a steal for a collector aware of the rising value of Cuban art. They express the unique sensibility of contemporary Cuban artists, and not surprisingly, try to meld a passion for music with visual art.
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