Get a painter’s perspective on life in Cuba when you meet a local artist in their home studio.
Cuba’s history includes a long line of enlightened, opinionated artists who often use paint to make political opinions. Join an artist in their studio to understand the inspiration behind their artwork and their perspective on life in Cuba. Some pieces may be available for sale.
Art and Government
The colorful, Cuban imagination occupies museums, facades, and courtyard walls in the capital city and beyond. And a hands-on approach from Cuba’s government is one reason why artists, in particular, occupy a special place in the economy. Here, most industries are state-run. Thus, most Cubans work for the government – but artists are an exception, along with over 200 occupations like taxi drivers, electricians, barbers, and soap makers, who work for themselves.
In America, pursuing dance, music, or visual art is rarely a promise of riches. But in Cuba, even modestly-successful artists can far outearn state employees. And with free education through college, including art school, working and living as an artist is more feasible here than anywhere.