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The Cuban Art Space project to collect art, photographs and posters from Cuba was born with the Center, but it was not until 1999 that a public gallery space opened as part of the Center.


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RAUL MARTINEZ "El maestro" - View Gallery

December 4, 2014 - January 24, 2015 - EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31


RAUL MARTINEZ "El maestro"


RAUL MARTINEZ was one of Cuba's greatest artists, known by all as "El maestro," for his role as teacher and for his mastery of so many artistic mediums. Our 2015 Art Calendar is dedicated to his works and in that calendar you will find both a critical essay and a biographical essay by Corina Matamoros, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. Corina is also the author of a gorgeous hardcover book about Raul, which will be on sale throughout the exhibit.

Raul Martinez was a photographer, a painter, a printmaker, a mixed  media artist who did collages, a graphic designer who did movie posters and book jackets. He did gorgeous abstracts and terrific pop art. His photographs were sublime. He designed textiles. You will see some of all of these in an exhibit made up, mostly, of the Center's collection and my own, as well as works borrowed from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Private Collection.

At the opening reception, we will exhibit for the first time publicly a filmed interview I did with Raul on the eve of the first Havana Biennial in 1984. The interview is in English, and it was filmed by the fine cinematographer Mario Garcia Joya (Mayito). We look forward to seeing you here.


RAUL MARTINEZ: la gran familia by Corina Matamoros - ORDER NOW!

A beautiful coffee-table book about one of Cuba's most important artists!

Corina Matamoros worked on this artistic biography of Raul Martinez for almost ten years, inspired by her early work on a Martinez retrospective at the Museum. Martinez, an early friend of the Center for Cuban Studies- indeed, he designed the Center's first brochure in 1973-died in 1995, and Matamoros' book is the first serious study published on his amazing art.



The Center for Cuban Studies Cuban Art Space in collaboration with the Club de Amigos del Cartel in Havana has published 32 new reproductions of Cuban graphic design.

Among the designers in our collection: Eduardo Marin, Pepe Menendez, Nelson Ponce, Fabian Munoz, Michele Miyares, Carlos Zamora and many others.

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