The Colossal Dreams of Kcho: Cuba's Revolutionary Sculptor

Sophia Francis

The career of Cuban sculptor Alexis Leiva Machado has been truly remarkable, and his astounding body of work continues to impress. He has exhibited worldwide and received various accolades, further enhancing his status as a top international artist. We take a look at his career and recent works.


Having gained his degree in Painting and Drawing from Cuba’s National School of Art in 1990, and exhibited works globally – in the US, Mexico and Holland – Levia Machado has produced works that are intriguing and fascinating. From ‘Island of My Dreams’ to exhibitions such as ‘The Thinker’ and ‘Final Monument’, the sculptor’s range of work is huge. He has taken part in various exhibitions such as ‘Recent Projects’, alongside sculptors Alejandro Aguilera, Ángel Ricardo Ríos, Osvaldo Yero and many other contributors in Havana, in addition to exhibitions including ‘The Other Shore’.
Levia Machado has achieved such accolades as ‘Artist of the Month’ from the Fine Arts Museum of Cuba and the ‘Prize for the Promotion of Arts’ by UNESCO. His work was featured in the exhibition ‘The Cuban Has Arrived’; solicited by the ex-president and art collector Cesar Gaviria. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Strange Day at the Beach’ and ‘Between Melancholy and the construction of the new man’.

Coluna infinita (1970). Sculpture by Kcho at the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo.

The sculptor is known not only for his remarkable works, but also for his social work within Cuba. His art often reflects the dreams of his country’s people, and having received the ‘National Culture’ award from the Ministry of Culture in 1998, his many contributions to Cuban society have been of major importance. He has actively led various successful workshops, which encourage education and innovation amongst children and young teenagers.
The sculptor was chosen to act as deputy of the Popular Power National Assembly, and is an internationally known individual within the art world. His desire to remain in touch with the people who are inspired by his work can be seen in the positive messages that dominate each and every one of his works.

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article