Cuba’s second city is known more for its music than its art, but the Galeria Rene Valdes is a great spot for art lovers. It aims to represent local artists and take their work to a larger audience, including visiting tourists. You can buy work by local artists in the shop, and relax over a coffee in the café. You never know, you could take home a piece by a future star.
The Cuban Art Factory (FAC) is an impressive venue that hosts exhibitions, film screenings and live music. It’s easy to spend a day taking in the gallery before staying on for drinks and dancing in the event space. The FAC is one of the top spots for creative endeavours in Havana, and is housed in a former factory in the Vedado neighbourhood.
Visitors to the city of Camaguey should make sure to stop in at this interesting workshop full of sculptures and paintings. Most of the works are for sale, and you can see bronze statues by Martha Jimenez in the street outside. There are other boutiques and cafés nearby, on Camaguey’s most interesting street.
Artists in Cuba often struggle to afford materials, and so the 15-strong collective behind Yusi’s Art Alliance decided to take action. They opened this workshop-cum-gallery in Cienfuegos by pooling their resources, and they now have a place to work and sell their art. It’s a great example of innovative thinking being used to combat the difficulties faced by creative people in Cuba.
This innovative space focusses on new areas of creativity and supports the work of both established and emerging artists. It is famous for its role in organising two important annual events: the Salon de Premiados, a yearly show of competition winners, and the Contemporary Cuban Art Salon. You can’t miss out on visiting the CDAV, thanks to its accessible location in one corner of Plaza Vieja in the middle of Old Havana.