The World of Jose Fuster

In my past post, I mentioned Jose Fuster’s energetic and colorful art, but also his commitment to his neighborhood and his neighbors. In later posts, I’ll introduce you to other community arts projects which are delightful, provocative, and, in their ability to engage children, adults, amateurs, professionals, and visitors, essential to the cultural life of modern Cuba.

Along the way, however, I’m happy to pause as long as I can before many works so that you can see more than the mere survey we’d see if we were passing by in a tour bus eager to get to the next stop. No commentary here, just the pictures displayed in the order in which I shot them as I walked through the few streets of Fuster’s neighborhood. The initial shots, of course, show us his house, workshop, and “front yard.” The rest show us what he’s done for (to?) his fellow residents.
I hope you enjoy them.
(Do note that you can see any shot in full screen mode and zoom in on any detail. Just scroll down to the bottom of the picture screen.)

6 thoughts on “The World of Jose Fuster

  1. Peter—I hope it is alright with you that I shared the with our arts and culture show, Studio 360. They are hoping to get to Cuba in the next couple of months and I thought this would be interesting to them. What a great trip.
    Best, Melinda

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    • Melinda, It’s fine with me. You should know that this trip was an arts-focused visit. We visited Mr. Fuster’s house, met him, bought some of his things. Later, we visited two other artists at their home studios as well as some quite extraordinary community arts projects. And two dance companies. So–you should keep tuned for the later posts from Orestes. They might be useful to your PRI folk. I’d happily go back with them.

  2. Homage to Gaudi indeed! He has been to Barcelona? It is hard to imagine he could capture the playful side of it so well from pictures. How long can any of these appealing and creative facets of Cuba resist destruction by capitalism?

    • Ann, You raise a central question. Still, as upcoming posts will show,there are arts, artist, art students, art shows, community arts everywhere. To keep them uncompromised may be difficult. Now, as you’ll see later, the museums are permitted to hang works–and living artists are able to travel and sell works–that, not so long ago, would have been (and were) banned.

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