Cub'Art ProjectTuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(2 hrs. approximate run time)
Join us for a discussion panel with 3 Cuban artists coming to Pittsburgh from Cuba!
The discussion will confront the art and political scene in Cuba, as well as each artist’s experience as creators in Cuba today. Each artist will also present their artwork and engage in Q & A with the public.
This conversation will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation.
Yamiliany Ferras Morales
Duhamel Xolot Núñez was born in Havana City in 1971. Having grown up in a family of artists he started drawing and painting since his early childhood. Suggested and encouraged at school, formal art education started soon, from weekly courses for juniors to a Fine Arts High School Academia.
After completing college, he followed the steps of his father in the graphic design field, taking courses and working on small projects. Graphic Design was one of his early passions and it is a permanent influence in his work.
Since the beginning his oil paintings were deeply marked by the realistic style learned during the years of academia, evolving to a delicate and personal approach to photorealism in a harmonic balance between the pictorial and the photographic. His urban scenes or cityscapes from Havana is a subject that Duhamel has cultivated for many years, and he largely exhibited his paintings in Canada, where he went back to school obtaining a Graphic Design Degree at Concordia University.
Applying the digital tools for sketching opened a new way of a narrative and more experimental artwork and conceptual art began to develop. His most recent artwork combines graphic design, humor, and contemporary art in constant research and investigation.
In 2015 he cofounded Studio O’208 as an alternative art space in the days of the 12th Havana Biennial. The Studio proved to be a vibrant and successful art venue shared by three artists. A permanent art gallery and workshop was established where his paintings are shown all year long in the heart of Old Havana.
JESÚS GASTELL is a mid-career artist who lives and works in Cuba. Gastell earned a BFA from Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA 1983) and graduated from the prestigious Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA 1988) in Havana with a degree in Drawing and Painting.
Instead of only establishing himself as a master of representation, Jesus Gastell uses his extraordinary abilities to reveal the hidden connections between “the real” and our cultural perception of it. His artwork operates as a continuous exercise of questioning models, assuming the nature of intellectual pleasure as an illuminating experience.