Street art in Havana can range from the mundane graffiti tags, to elaborate demonstrations. Many installations are government run and regulated, and center around depictions of the political elite, past and present. Some are artist inspired, like the following exhibit on Santeria. It reminded me of a ‘pop-up’ art exhibit, inhabiting about half a city block that was cordoned off for the show. The art actually was built into or painted onto the existing walls, doors, sidewalks and structures. It was powerful, beautiful, and as you can see, very colorful.
When you walk around Old Havana, many of the squares have beautiful sculptures. As I said in a previous post, the Havana Tourism Board has done a great job promoting local artists, and these monuments are a result of this collaboration.
Che and the Cuban flag are everywhere. Tags in a doorway, or commissioned murals. You cannot escape a block in Havana without seeing either at least once.
I had the most fun collecting these next images. All of these were on temporary structures, usually scaffolding surrounding buildings under construction. So beautiful, powerful, and colorful, they spoke to me about the hopefulness that is Cuba.
Even the cemetery walls are ‘art’.
Please stay tuned for my next post, a throwback for all of my restaurant guys and gals!