AVISTAMIENTOS CUBAN CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
Avistamientos is a platform that offers the world the main artistic values and distinctive features of visual arts in Cuba. Some of its attributes are the creative coexistence of several artists’ generations and the diversity of languages, techniques, procedures, and artistic genres. Another feature is the thematic, conceptual repertoire that constitutes the great aesthetic imaginary of the main social, cultural, political, economic, and ideological concerns. We encourage the deep thought developed by artists from the largest island of the Caribbean, which is without a doubt, one of the main settings for contemporary art from the Caribbean and Latin America.
In our art gallery, you can lay eyes on an exclusive collection of Cuban artworks by first-rate artists. It is a roster that includes creators from the generations of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, as well as from younger generations –artists recently graduated from art schools or still undergoing their academic training. Moreover, if you decide to navigate with us through the waves of Cuban contemporary art, you will see for yourself the way in which the most traditional artistic mediums –Painting, Engraving, Sculpture, Pottery, and Photography– coexist in a coherent harmony with the procedures and practices known as postmodernism: installation art, video art, conceptual art, performance art, digital art, public art, to mention some.
Avistamientos offers access not only to the most refined art, regarding formal realization, but also to the most experimental and conceptual procedures developed in Cuba today. On both ends of the aesthetic experience, namely the most ineffable sensory delight and the most stimulating intellectual lucubration, our gallery has selected the best for you: the kind of art that does not yield to political pamphlet nor commercial kitsch.
Avistamientos is also a project that provides sponsorship for young Cuban artists, so they can develop their creative ideas. In addition, it is a place to advertise art which does not count with the official support from institutional circles. Since 2011 and hitherto, José Busto –its creator and director– has sponsored the production of over twenty artistic projects, nine of which were part of the 11th Havana Biennial.
Furthermore, this gallery is an alternative space to commercialize the best Cuban contemporary art, which excels for its quality. In the context of the institutional monopoly of the Cuban state, plagued by lacking technology, architectural deterioration, censorship, and professional apathy and abulia, the actions taken by José Busto and his Avistamientos Art Gallery amounts to a necessity, a possibility, and a dream… that is strengthened constantly in order to achieve the prosperous development and international recognition of Cuban contemporary art.