The Enig­mas of Fate

Art On Cuba - - In this issue -

The fact that three of the great Cuban painters who started their ca­reers in the Ha­vana of the late 1950s are, si­mul­ta­ne­ously, the ob­ject of trib­utes in the cities where each one of them left their mark, would ap­pear to­day to be more than mere co­in­ci­dence; how­ever, to travel abroad hav­ing left in­au­gu­rated a cu­ri­ous ex­hi­bi­tion of the work of Raúl Martínez, get to Mi­ami and find an ex­cel­lent an­thol­ogy of Rafael So­ri­ano and in the mean­while I get an email from Paris an­nounc­ing that the French were pay­ing a warm trib­ute to Joaquín Fer­rer, cer­tainly was. Of course,

Art On­cuba could not over­look that th­ese co­in­ci­dences, whether the fruit of sheer chance or not, serve to re­mind us that, over and above fash­ion, ab­strac­tion in Cuban paint­ing had many roads and many pro­tag­o­nists.

On the other hand, in a brief tour of the most re­cent Cuban art, we of­fer our read­ers an ap­proach to cur­rent pho­tog­ra­phy, bring­ing to­gether two ac­claimed artists of the 1990s with a young man who brings to the na­tional artis­tic scene a new vi­sion of the en­vi­ron­ment. We are do­ing the same with other man­i­fes­ta­tions in which artists from pre­vi­ous decades co­ex­ist with with some of those who are more re­cently carv­ing out their path with their pro­pos­als, on the is­land and in the rest of the cities where they are re­sid­ing.

In this mix­ture of past, present and fu­ture, this num­ber re­calls fig­ures for­got­ten by many and un­known by oth­ers, whose works may sim­ply awaken the cu­rios­ity of those who for some time now have been in­creas­ingly ap­proach­ing Cuban art of all times.

As on other oc­ca­sions, we con­tinue res­cu­ing those who have been con­tribut­ing for sev­eral years to giv­ing vis­i­bil­ity to Cuban artists through their work as gallery own­ers or from a sin­cere vo­ca­tion as col­lec­tors.

Lastly, we leave on record and con­grat­u­late the Na­tional Prize for Visual Arts win­ner of the year we have just bid farewell to, which on this oc­ca­sion was be­stowed on an artist from the first gen­er­a­tion of grad­u­ates from the Na­tional School of Art, beloved and re­mem­bered by all the Cuban artists dis­sem­i­nated through­out the planet.

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