The Friendship Association has been cultivating relationships with Cuba’s artists and artisans for over 20 years. From our associations with specialists in art, history, and culture, and through discussions on the issue of the uniqueness of the cross-fertilization that created Cuban culture we published several unique and informative books: Baracoa: The Painters’ Magic, the first documentation of the thriving local artists’ colony and the Tibaracón movement; Baracoa a través de su historia urbana y arquitectura, a necessary document on Baracoa’s crumbling architecture; Sabor de Baracoa: Su Cocina Tradicional, the definitive book on the exquisite culinary traditions of the area, as well as numerous other educational books. The publishing branch of the Friendship Association is Ediciones Nuevos Mundos.
The Friendship Association supports cultural activities that provide a unique opportunity for local artists, students, and art historians to learn about influences that have nurtured Cuban art forms; to have access to the necessary tools for expression of their art; and for opportunities to exhibit in other cities of Cuba as well as abroad.
(Santiago de Cuba, 1959): Tamayo graduated with honors from the School of Art in Santiago de Cuba. He is prolific in a variety of mediums, in particular ceramics, painting, and engravings. His unique style has opened doors to individual and collective exhibits in most of the provincial capitals of Cuba as well as important venues […]
Jeho (b. Baracoa 1972) graduated with honors from the University in Santiago de Cuba. He decided to continue his passion for painting in Baracoa where he lives from his painting and photography. Jeho is active with the BUREN group of ceramicists and teaches children painting and pottery. He has done photography for several important books […]
José (b. Santiago de Cuba, 1971) is a graduate of the “José Joaquín Tejada” School of Art in Santiago de Cuba with a specialization in ceramics, drawing, and painting. He has had over 12 individual exhibits of his works and participated in over 90 collective exhibits both nationally and internationally. Berenguer is recipient of more […]
Orialdes (b. Santiago de Cuba, 1973) studied art at the provincial art school in Santiago de Cuba. She has participated in more than 10 individual art exhibits and innumerable collective exhibits in Cuba and internationally. She has won over 15 prizes and honorable mentions for her work in painting, lithography, and ceramics. Orlaides works at […]
(Guantanamo, 1941): A well-known and widely respected primitive artist, Oscar Nelson has participated in more than 100 exhibitions in different art galleries around the country and won numerous prizes and mentions in provincial and national salons. He was granted the Olga Alonso national prize and the award for Distinction in National Culture, and for his […]
Osmany (b. Baracoa, 1979) graduated from the School of Art in Santiago de Cuba, then continued his studies at the prestigious Havana Institute of Design, and currently teaches at the Art Institute of Havana. Osmany Piedra has done numerous exhibits, both collective and individual, in the major provincial capitals of Cuba as well as in the […]
Ramón was born in Baracoa in 1967. He taught art in the school system for nearly ten years but recently he has become an independent artist. His landscapes of the lush Baracoan vegetation and important rivers are highly prized. He has participated in group show throughout the eastern part of Cuba and in Havana. Currently […]
(Baracoa, 1989): Yohandra graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Guantanamo where she won prizes for drawing and painting. She was chosen to exhibit in collective shows in two prominent galleries in Havana: Collage and Galería Julio Larramendi. She is one of the bright emerging talents in Baracoa. Her realistic style focuses on the […]