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20/20: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking

Cuba has a rich history of traditional printmaking, with multiple print shops and artists working across the country.

The Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro is the oldest and most prestigious fine arts school in Cuba, founded in 1818. The Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana, is the most internationally well-known Cuban print shop. Movements and groups such as La huella múltiple (The Multiple Imprint) and Haciendo presión (Making Pressure) were created by artists looking to expand the boundaries of printmaking, as well as encourage printmaking’s importance in modern Cuban art. Artists from all of the above will be featured in the show. They range from established artists, such as Eduardo Hernández, who is “perhaps the most important gay artist in Cuba and a professor of printmaking influencing and teaching for the past 30 years,” according to Steven Daiber, to emerging artists, which includes artists Hernández himself has taught.

The subject matter and printing techniques vary while one constant strength remains: “Cuban art stands up to adversity with humor and resolve.” (Steven Daiber) The artists are not afraid to discuss politics, such as the impact of the Trump Administration’s Cuba policy on the printmaking community, which causes acute shortages of materials like paper. While other work, such as Lamothe’s, discusses the Malecon, a 7 kilometers stretch of sea wall that borders Havana, often called the sofa on the city, in a 50 - print series. Highpoint invites you to join us for this exhibition celebrating Cuban Printmaking.

Red Trillium Press/ Aquí en la lucha is the work of Steven Daiber based in Massachusetts. Daiber has worked with books for more than twenty years. He has been to Cuba regularly since 2001 and has facilitated dialogue between Cuban and foreign artists. His books create real, metaphorical objects: palaces of the memory in which each element underscores a meaning. The collaborations with Cuban artists tell their stories of the lived reality of Cuba in the 21st century.

Ivan Basulto, Yamilys Brito Jorge, Janette Brossard, Anyelmaidelin Calzadilla Fernández, Yerandee Durán, Aliosky García, Yordanis García Delgado, Edgar Hechavarria, Eduardo Hernández, Osmel Herrera, Luis Lamothe Duribe, Yainiel Marínez, Norberto Marrero, Ibrahim Miranda, Marcel Molina, Aaron R. Moreno, Osmeivy Ortega, Hanoi Perz, Alejandro Sainz Alfonso, Adislain Reyes, Jessica Vázquez Quintana, Lisbet Corvo Alderete

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