Cuba x Cuba

Limited resources, scarce internet and a very real risk of exile for speaking out. In spite of this, some of the most innovative contemporary art is coming out of Cuba and we are taking note. Welcome to the Cuban art scene: substantive, striking and self-assured.

Cuba x Cuba pulls focus on seven of the country’s most visionary, boundary-pushing artists: we’re taking you inside the artists’ studios to highlight a country of beauty, resilience and remarkable nuance.

Featuring internationally celebrated icons like Los Carpinteros and Glenda Leon, and impossibly cool and intelligent young pioneers like Reynier Levya Novo and Hamlet Lavastida, we present you the courageous voices of the outspoken artists of Havana, Cuba. Each one is writing Cuba’s history in real-time, debunking stereotypes and presenting Havana in a nuanced, deeply personal light. In this pivotal moment in Cuba's narrative, we are honored to share their stories.

Havana, Cuba

Bold expression and delightful spontaneity are interspersed with a complex past, in a country that is more than just the cigars and old cars of postcards. It’s a place of rich dichotomies. Cuba is, right now, in the in-between: somewhere between its history of political upheaval and a united cultural resistance, pushing forward but holding onto legacy.

Havana is a melting pot of the dauntless, colorful and utterly unique Cuban spirit. And as Cuba begins to slowly open its doors to the rest of the world, there’s no better time than now to listen to art and expression coming out of the capital.