Cuba: The Arts

When it comes to the arts in Cuba, there is real energy.  It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing the sound of music.

CubaSome musicians are university trained and play professionally in chamber ensembles or orchestras or entertain in clubs and hotels.

CubaOthers  seem just to have music in their bones and use their talent on the street or tourist venues to earn a few extra pesos.

CubaCubaCubaCubaMusic is a shared language that makes hearts sing and feet tap to its rhythms.  In Cuba, you might be inspired to dance the cha cha or salsa or become part of a cafe performance.  You have to be ready for any surprise!

CubaVisual art is as colorful and energetic as the music.   Classic cars and Che are popular subject for paintings

Cubaand amazing constructions are made from found objects.

CubaCubaCubaCubaNo material goes to waste and is used in most  creative ways.

CubaCubaCubaCubaOne artist, Jose Fuster, has transformed his home and entire neighborhood into an artistic landscape filled with unique mosaics and sculptures that are amazing and remind of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona.

CubaCubaCubaCubaPeople create with their hands  in a variety of mediums, and it’s wonderful to see them working so openly at every turn.

Yes, Cuba is a map of color and texture which are a joyful expression of the local culture.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind 


Oh The Places I’ve Been

27 thoughts on “Cuba: The Arts

  1. So glad to find a spot of time, after Sweet Mister’s knee replacement surgery, to visit some of my favorite blogs. Scrolled back through several other posts to be able to take in your amazing visit to Cuba. It’s always occurred to me that Cuba has always been one of those “so near and yet so far” spots on Earth. Thanks for taking us along on what must have been an intriguing adventure. Cherry Kay

  2. malaysianmeanders March 2, 2014 — 8:40 am

    I like all the folk art you featured. What is the name of that big one? “Madonna with Hubcaps”? I’ve also always wanted to try out one of those gourd with beads instruments. I had fun exploring with you.

    1. Your name for the sculpture is as good as any! The beaded gourd is quite an easy instrument to play once you get the hang of bouncing it between your hands without dropping it. Thanks for your visit…do come again.

  3. Hello! Feel free to watch my new photo album. I greet and wish you a beautiful weekend!

  4. Yes, they truly love their music and you must have been so happy seeing the beautiful works of art there!…What an experience!

  5. What a fun post. There are many talented artist and their work is beautiful. It is great to see items being recycled. Wonderful set of photos, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. I like the “halo” of yellow hubcaps around the Madonna statue… “brilliant”on all levels !!!

  7. Thanks for sharing… I’ve forgotten my culture… Beautiful pictures…

    1. Thankfully art allows much freedom of expression.

  8. Linda, Cuba appears to be the perfect place to visit for the artist in you!

    1. I just wish our itinerary had allowed more art views.

  9. Fantastic photos, so colorful! Love your pictures, looks like you had so much fun….Christine

  10. How fun! Did I see you doing a jig? It looks like y’all had a really fun time. Their art is colorful, too. 🙂

    1. I was an involuntary performer!!

  11. Love to travel with you. Hope you have more.
    Fun pic of you dancing.

  12. What vibrant lovely colors – that collage is just fabulous! You are too much fun! Enjoy, enjoy!

  13. Your trip to Cuba has been great to share, I especially love the Madonna and child with the tire rims as a halo, I would love to have that in my back garden! So creative and energetic, thank you for sharing!

    1. That piece would definitely make a statement!!!

  14. Such a colorful, musical country! Great photos. Thank you for the tour!

  15. The music forms a backdrop to any visit to Cuba, I remember dancing in cafés! But its the visual arts you showcase in your post that makes me want to find out more

    1. There were a couple of paintings I wanted to bring home but couldn’t figure out how to make it happen. I would like to have seen more of the art, but our tour didn’t allow it.

  16. It’s been fun to visit Cuba through your lens…

  17. The Cubans in Miami are so radical crazy they go nuts to prevent culture from home coming in. They scream about any diplomacy exchange and want to boycott everything. They just don’t get it. By locking all the windows closed the regime remains in the darkness and it is straightened. By letting in light the regime is weakened.

    1. Such a shame that things are the way they are. I believe both Cuba and the US would benefit from some changes in the relationship.

  18. Leffler February 27, 2014 — 10:30 am

    It’s so you to fit right in and enjoy their music along with them. I love it!

  19. Wonderful information, LuLu. I have many friends who have been to Cuba and they mention the music and art as well. It’s on my list!!

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