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US-Born Cuban – 6 Artists to Watch

Since Cuban Art News began publishing in 2009, a new generation of artists has come of age—US-born, of Cuban descent, with work that reflects the full range of their heritage and culture. Here (in alphabetical order) are 6 US-born Cuban artists to watch—emerging, emerged, and reaching broader success.

In the Gallery with Enrique Martínez Celaya

In a stroll around his new show in Chelsea, the artist spoke about how being Cuban has influenced his work, what the challenges he finds in painting, and why his work isn’t really figurative. And a possible new project in Havana.

In the Studio with María Martínez-Cañas

With her series Rebus + Diversions, María Martínez-Cañas draws on the archives of curator José Gómez Sicre to explore Cuban art history and her own biography. Here, Martínez-Cañas talks about five of her works and the stories behind them.

Birch Tree Music: María Elena González and Tempo

Art from music? Music from trees? The day before it opened in midtown Manhattan, María Elena González took a break from installing to talk about Tempo, and how she came to make music--and art--from birch trees.

Fish Hook as Metaphor: Yoan Capote’s Palangre

Earlier this week, we dropped in on the installation of Yoan Capote: Palangre, a show of recent paintings embedded with thousands of fish hooks. The artist walked through the show with us, in a conversation that ranged from Romantic painters to Cubans’ relationship to the sea.