Havana to New York
The Artistic Journey of Colectivo Arte Libre, in collaboration with Pop-Up Art Event.
We aim to bring members of the collective from Havana to New York City for an Artistic Cultural Exchange during the month of June 2013.
In exchange for your donation, we are offering original art works by the Cuban members. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PAINTINGS WE ARE GIVING AWAY:
Our goal is to fully sponsor this exchange, empowering these young emerging artists to become advocates of change through life-changing experiences:
- Children's Museum of Art: The members of the collective will hold community art workshops during the Cuban Cultural Festival 2013,(two-dayevent).
- NYC Mural Collaboration
- Collaborative Projects with Local NYC Artists
- NYC Museum Tours including The Met, MOMA, Guggenheim, Museo del Barrio, and PS1.
- Plein Air Painting in the Park/Meet & Greet with Supporters
- Solstice Performance Art Event
- Art School Visit Workshop (Middle School students)
- First Flight Exhibition - TBD (accepting Gallery/ Venue offers)
We believe this will raise awareness about the effects of art and its ability to transcend cultural barriers. Bringing together a diverse community of practitioners in different industries, such as fashion, education, art, finance, entertainment and philanthropy, we aim to be a model of intercultural collaboration for a common cause: to re-discover the world in art.
Colectivo Arte Libre is an international artists collective that aims to promote freedom of artistic expression and build relationships between artists of diverse cultures from around the world. Through arts events, community workshops and artist exchanges, we aim to raise awareness about the multi-faceted nature of the art world, empower young and marginalized artists and enable meaningful exchange of cultural ideas across national, cultural and linguistic borders.
The group started with, from left to right: Esteban Jiménez Guerra, Karina Ortiz Bermúdez, Yuniel Delgado Castillo, Jonathan Joubert Galloso. These four are graduates of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, a prestigious academy in La Habana. Upon graduation in 2011, many of their classmates split up, but these four formed a collective in order to continue working side by side. They looked for a studio where they could share resources and work together as a team. They found it in a dilapidated 18th century convent, where they continue to share any materials, contacts, profits and opportunities that come their way.
Esteban Jiménez Guerra - 29 - Painter/Sculptor
Esteban is the only member of the collective with a family of his own. He supports his wife and child by selling his paintings. He has exhibited in Galería Frida Kahlo in Havana, and contributes regularly to group exhibitions in different countries, such as “Cuban Connections” at the University of Essex in 2008. His paintings are in private collections in England, Canada, Spain and Switzerland. Esteban and Yuniel work full time at the gallery/studio six days a week. They both travel long distances, getting up at four in the morning to catch two buses to Old Havana in order to have the gallery/studio open at nine.
Karina Ortiz Bermúdez - 26 - Painter/Printmaker/Sculptress
Karina is a thoughtful and sensitive artist who has a nurturing hand with children. A main focus for her at San Alejandro was printmaking, where she developed a crisp graphic style influenced by American Pop Artists and native Cuban art. While printmaking facilities are scarce in Havana, she finds ways of continuing her practice on weekends, while juggling a full time job in retail.
Yuniel Delgado Castillo - 29 - Painter/Sculptor/Mixed Media Artist
A leading force in the collective, Yuniel Delgado Castillo is a prolific painter and sculptor. He often works on a large scale, and is never phased by logistical limitations. With energy and passion, he works a full week at the studio, creating paintings for the Mercado de Artesanía in Old Havana, while keeping time for his more personal work. Yuniel is the only group member with somewhat reliable access to e-mail, and has been co-ordinating efforts on the Cuban end. He has a camera and a laptop and can photograph art work, and he willingly offers these to his friends and collaborators.
Jonathan Joubert Galloso - Etching & Block Print Artist/Painter
Jonathan works at the Museo Nacional de la Havana, and comes in to the studio on his days off. His knowledge of art history is a real strength as an artist, in an environment with minimal access to this sort of information. He speaks good English, and describes his love of American and British art with great passion, from Warhol to Banksy. His paintings and etchings are also rooted in contemporary Cuban art, like the work of Amelia Peláez.
Luis Miguel Rivero "Chachi" - Painter/Mixed Media Artist
Chachi is the fifth Cuban member of the Collective, but his travel permit was not approved by the Cuban government, so has to re-apply next year. Inspired by the tradition of European figurative painting, and in particular the work of Lucian Freud, Chachi uses oil paint to explore the world of realism and the texture of flesh. His work will be up in the group show in New York.
What the funds will go toward:
- travel expenses
- sponsorship for gallery exhibitions
- museum passes
- art supplies
- working studio space
- photo and video documentation