Cuba 50 is supported by the
Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Embassy,
ComoNo, Music Fund for Cuba, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unison, Unite,
Thompsons Solicitors, Cuban Tourist Board and business, community and
cultural organisations based in the UK and Cuba.
Cuba50 logo thanks to Phill Pennington, image used in logo thanks to James Sparshatt www.capitalculture.eu
It was the graphic arts, dynamic silkscreen posters of the 1960s, produced to promote films, political and public health campaigns, which put Cuba on the visual arts world map.
Cuban painter Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982), produced his masterpiece 'La Jungla' in 1943 which brought together surrealism and Afro-Cuban mythology and is known as one of the third world's most representative paintings.
Alberto Korda's move from fashion photography to documenting the early years of the revolution created the iconic image of Che Guevara in an instant, now recognised by more people worldwide than any other.
Since the '80s artists have reflected on the many difficulties of Cuban reality especially using found objects and more recently, video. Founded in 1986, the Havana Biennale was the first international showcase for contemporary third world visual art.