Whilst exploring the colourful cobbled streets of Trinidad’s UNESCO historical centre you will find an explosion of craft and art shops featuring inexpensive and attractive reproduced paintings and prints. These good quality prints are ideal as Cuban souvenirs and gifts; however, Trinidad is home to many extremely talented artists creating original and high-quality artwork and it can be a challenge finding their galleries. Here is a selection of art galleries, in Trinidad declared a World Craft City in 2018, you should make an effort to visit while you are in Trinidad, Cuba:
1. RAMSES MARRERO CONCEPCIÓN GALLERY
Ramses Marrero Concepción influenced by Impressionism is an Abstract Lyrical artist creating explosive pieces of art with the use of vivid colours. His artwork includes paintings of ocean landscapes, portraits and expressions. His recent project has been a bit controversial as he has traversed into new ground by highlighting the beauty of the female genitals in his work. His work has captured the interest of many on Instagram.
Gallery: Piro Guinart 360, between Juan Manuel Marquez & Fernando Hernández Echerri, Trinidad, Cuba.
|Ramses Marrero Concepción|
2. YUNIESKY FERNÁNDEZ FRIAS GALLERY
Yuniesky Fernández Frias’ passion for fishing is extremely evident in his artwork. His time on the open water is a time for reflection, to scrutinise on everyday ironies and transmit what he learns from the sea through his paintings. Yuniesky produces original and symbolic pieces of art, conveying messages from the times that we live in onto salvaged pieces of wood from old fishing boats. Yuniesky displays and works from his peaceful gallery which he opened around 2 years ago in Trinidad; he has been painting for around 16 years.
Gallery: Fernando Hernández Echerri 60, between Piro Guinart & Ciro Redondo, Trinidad, Cuba.
3. GATO NEGRO OPEN STUDIO
Gato Negro Open Studio is all about breaking barriers within the world of art and culture in Trinidad, Cuba. The studio which opened in May 2018 provides an incredible space for local talented artists to showcase their original artwork. It also aims to offer regular art experiences by holding musical concerts, interactive exhibitions, theatrical performances as well as creating a space which encourages cultural exchanges with local artists. The studio features the artwork of Miguel Angel Valdivia Ramos, Yasiel Elizagaray & Edras Francis.
Gallery: Calle Simón Bulevar (Desengaño) 356, Trinidad, Cuba.
4. YASIEL ELIZAGARAY GALLERY
Deep and intense compositions; Yasiel Elizagaray’s work has a way of reaching out and penetrating you, leaving you mesmerized and wanting to stare at it for hours. Yasiel himself questions his style, but it is an eclectic mix of styles. Depending on his state of mind, he throws in elements of his time in the theatre, of when he began painting landscapes, there are touches of Fauvism, some would say that his work is raw or grotesque however, the style he feels he relates to more when he is creating his work is Expressionism.
Gallery: Alameda 210, between Cristo & Amargura, Trinidad, Cuba.
5. YUDIT VIDAL FAIFE CUBAN ART STUDIO
Yudit Vidal Faife, one of Trinidad’s highly acclaimed artists, opened her gallery in Trinidad in 2010. Her motivation comes from dreams and stories that materialise all around her; from everyday life, personal life experiences, as well as personal anguishes. Trinidad is brimming with history and tradition, this reflects in Yudit’s artwork, which is strikingly linked to local legends, to the spirits and the ghosts, the slaves and the owners of the magnificent 18th century houses found all around Trinidad today, which she believes are kept alive and protected because of the spirituality locked up inside them.
Gallery: Calle Simón Bolevar (Desengaño) 294, Trinidad, Cuba.
|Yudit Vidal Faife|
6. LÁZARO NIEBLA GALLERY
Lázaro Niebla, a photographer and an artist, has a keen eye for detail, a talent for capturing heartfelt expressions of people on the street and recreating their portraits on beautiful pieces of antique recycled wood. He predominately captures images of older people, as their expressions are so full of life, and the detail of their expressions are captured beautifully on wood. Extraordinary and fabulous pieces of art.
Gallery: Calle Real 11, Trinidad, Cuba.
|Lázaro Niebla Gallery|
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