Presente! Cuban contemporary art comes to London

Posted: 09-Oct-16 10:51

A selection of works from well-known and unknown contemporary Cuban artists was recently brought over from Havana to London by British artists. The aim was to give more exposure to Cuban arts abroad with an exhibit that will give the UK audience the chance to immerse in the island's culture and colourful visual arts scene today. Presente! Will be live from 6th to 29th October 2016 at London's GX Gallery.

Presente! Cuban contemporary art comes to London

Over 50 art pieces by a variety of Cuban artists will be showcased in London's GX Gallery this October, giving Londoners a rare chance to glimpse into the Cuban arts scene of the times and see first-hand the talent and tribulations of Cuba's contemporary artists.

This rare collection of works will be exhibited all throughout the month of October, and encompasses the work of 30 artists living and working in the Cuba of today. Some of them are internationally recognised names, such as Kcho, Reynerio Tamayo, Luis Enrique Camejo and Roberto Diago, while others are little-known rising stars whose works have recently garnered attention. These emerging Cuban artists now showcasing their talent in London include Neils Reyes, Adislen Reyes, Lisandra Isabel Garcia and Harold Lopez Munoz.

But the exhibit won't just be about paintings, it will also feature works on paper as well as photography. It all unites to give viewers a glimpse of the:

"...dynamism and diversity of contemporary Cuban art at its best."

As described by the Presente! Official webpage. With works that range from personal issues to global ones, touching on Cuba's multi-faceted ethnic society, culture and history, this collection encapsulates the island in a fresh powerful and highly aesthetic way.

Beyond the art being shown, the exhibition has the double purpose of contributing to Cuban art and fostering future projects with the gathering of funds that will go a long way towards providing materials to budding Cuban artists and art schools throughout the country. With the aim of raising money, all the works shown will be on sale.

And that's not all, alongside the gallery exhibition there will be a full programme of educational events for London's arts students, professionals and the wider general public. Participating in these two of the exhibiting Cuban artists; Luis Camejo and Adislen Reyes, will be present throughout the event's duration, accompanied by curator Chrislie Perez Perez. In addition to this, a catalogue will be published and a Presente Resource Pack for Teachers has been made available to use and adapt for students.

The exhibition is open every day except Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and until 7:00 p.m on Thursday and Friday. Entry is free so there's no excuse to travel to Cuba without leaving London over the next few weeks. Perusing this fantastic collection of artworks might give you a taste for Cuba and have you coming back for more. Or rather, head to Cuba on an exciting holiday adventure to dive head first into the intricate fabric of Cuban culture and get your Cuban art in live, flowing motion.


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