August 31st, 2006

Gabriel Romero Perez

Gabriel Romero Perez was born in Mayari, Holguin, in 1970.  He has no formal training, but has participated in numerous exhibitions, both collective and personal, throughout Cuba.  He is presently living in Switzerland.

"One can only see thorugh the eyes of the heart."

With these words Gabriel expresses his love of brevity, simplicity and line.  He masterfully transforms the linear with metamorphic artistry, and breathes into his work a visceral and organic life that is almost magical in its effect.  He is a visionary talent, nurtured and informed by his Gallic roots.

When Gabriel was young he frequently used his fingers in place of brushes, and the wall of his grandfather's house as his canvas.  Even today he still sometiems paints straight from the tube. was




Manuel Caluff

Manuel Caluff is the director of the Jardinde Helechos (Fern Garden) in Santiago de Cuba.  The garden includes over 200 species of fern.   This garden holds the second largest collection of ferns worldwide.

Manolito is an artist as well as a horticulturalist, and has displayed examples of his exquisite botanical compositions in ten countries, where he has visited.


Juan Antonio Gallardo Cabaltero

San Luis in 1974, Juan Antonio Gallardo graudated from Jose M. Heridia Art School, where he specialized in sculpture and drawing.  He is also a graduate of Jose Joaquin Tejada Art School.  He teaches art at the Casa Municipal de Cultural in San Luis.

Marianno Frometa

Marianno Frometa is a professional artist and practitioner of Santeria who lives and works in the country.  He says that his work has been much influenced by that of his father. 

Marianno's love of vibrant colour, together with his almost magical sense of form and movement, finds expression in works that at once arrest and appeal.

Frometa, Marianno, 1999, Oleo (80 x 100 cm)

Luis Marianno Frometa

Luis Marianno Frometa teaches art at the University.  He is both a sculptor and visual artist whose one history parallels that of the emerging Cuban nation.  He fought in the revolution under Castro, and had strong artistic connections with Russia, where many of his sculptures were commissioned for civic display.  (The photograph of Frometa as a young man was taken when he visited Russia).

He has created many of the sculptures that can be found throughout his home city of Santiago, and during the 1990's he was commissioned to create a bust of Pope John Paul the Second in commemoratino of the pontiff's historic visit to the country.  The work is permanenty displayed in the Cobre, one of Cuba's most important churches.

Frometa lives in Calle Heredia, which is represented in his painting of that name.  The portrait is that of his daughter.  His two sons have followed in the footsteps of their father by becoming successful artists in their own right.
of Santiago

Frometa, Luis, (1999) Oleo (71 x 97 cm)


Israel Tamayo Zamora

Santiago de Cuba
, 1959

Tamayo studied “ artes plasticas” in a professional  art school in Santiago de Cuba where he graduated in.  He is a professor of pintura.  He has participated in more than 100 expositions, nationally and internationally.  He has participated in other expositions in Mexico, Holand, Chezlovakia amongst others.


He is a member of UNEAC (Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba).   He is the director of the Cultural Arts, “Luis Diaz Oduardo”, which is the center of Artes Plasticas for Santiago and the Sierra Maestra region of Cuba.

Tamayo, Isreal, 2006, Acril. (130 x 100 cms)(SOLD)

Berto Luis Ruano Oretaga

Santiago de Cuba, 1954

Primitive artist

During the last 20 years Ruano has played an important part of the movement of primitive art plasticas. He uses distinctive natural elements of the life of los campasinos.  His paintings reflect the influence of  folk/religious traditions of the African/Cuban culture, including the belief in Orisha*s.   His expressions of cultural issues and concerns of a human nature are often consumed with finding a solution to these issues, namely finding a way out.

He has faith that human thinking will guide the universe.

Ruano, Luis, 2003 Acril. (65 x50 cms)

Jorge Knight Vera

Santiago de Cuba, 1959 

Jorge Knight is a graduate of the Jose Joaquin Tejada Art Academy in Santiago de cuba, and obtained a degree in Art History from the University of Oriente, also in Santiago. Since the 1980's he has been associated with the Cultural workshop there, and has exhibited at more than 50 Cuban sponsored international art exhibitions. 

His works pay homage to the beauty of the Cuban woman. The sculptural silhouettes recall the modernism of Picasso while their abstract yet sensual forms are accentuated by the use of an invigorating relief technique which, together with the richness of the ink, emphasized the visual planes of his work