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The 1980s saw the emergence of conceptual art in Cuba. Groups were formed such as "Puré", "4x4", "ArteCalle", "Hacer" and "Sano y Sabroso". At the end of the decade the relationship between some artists and the institutional system came under strain leading to a temporary or permanent exodus of major artists of the decade to countries such as Mexico, Venezuela and the United States.

The 1990s saw the rise of performance art as a means of expression. Carlos Garaicoa (born 1967) is one of the bigger names in this field, along with Tania Bruguera (born 1968).

The art produced during this decade reflects various views of the revolution and the realities of life under the United States' embargo. Artists exploit metaphor to comment on shortages, Cuba's isolation, incipient racism, and the tragedy of the "balseros" (rafters). Artists from this period include Abel Barroso (born 1971), Alexix Leyva "Kcho" (born 1970) and Antonio Eligio Fernandez "Tonel" (born 1958).

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If you’re involved with the arts, and have an interest in Cuban, Latin American, or contemporary art, AUTHENTIC CUBA TRAVEL has an art tour of Cuba that’s designed specifically for you! Intimate, fun, and informative, our Cuban cultural tour is perfect not only for working artists, but also for any arts professional or art lover.

AUTHENTIC CUBA TRAVEL’s partnership with the most significant artists and arts institutions in Cuba means that you’ll have the opportunity not only to visit world-class museums and galleries, but to also meet one-on-one with influential Cuban artists as part of this Cuba Art Tours & Travel edition departing on December 30, 2017 and ending on January 6, 2018.

Authentic Cuba Travel is pleased to invite Canadian and US art professionals and enthusiast to join the last 2017 edition of our popular Art Cuba Tours. Operated in closed partnership with Cuba’s premier art institutions and Cuban artists and curators, the Cuba travel experience features first class services and best hotel accommodation. Choose to stay at the Riviera Hotel (Economy Package) or at the Melia Cohiba Hotel (Premium Package) without breaking the bank!



With AUTHENTIC CUBA TRAVEL, you’ll get exclusive access to important Cuban cultural organizations, a chance for some informative and enjoyable sightseeing, and the opportunity to interact with some of Cuba’s greatest artists.

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Here are some of the highlights of our Cuba arts trip:

° Studio visits to internationally recognized artists like Alicia Leal and her husband Juan Moreira, as well as a luncheon hosted by world-famous sculptor, ceramicist, muralist, and painter, Jose Fuster.

° An in-depth look at photography in Cuba with a special tour of The Fototeca de Cuba, a museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing Cuba’s photographic heritage, as well as studio visits to photographers like Juan Carlos Alom, an important experimental photographer, and the self-taught and highly individualistic photographer, Rene Pena.

° Exclusive access to Cuba’s most important art institutions such as The Wifredo Lam Center, a Cuban cultural institution responsible for the organization of the Havana Art Biennial, the Museum of Fine Arts where you’ll be able to see three centuries of Cuba’s art history, and Cuba's National Art Schools (ISA)

° VIP access to Havana’s leading contemporary art galleries: La Casona Gallery and Habana Art Gallery

° AND our Cuba tour offers the chance to experience a full array of authentic Cuban sights, sounds, tastes and experiences that will keep you smiling!

The staff at AUTHENTIC CUBA TRAVEL will also take the hassle out of purchasing authentic Cuban art directly from the artists. You focus on enjoying your Cuba arts trip and finding the perfect Cuban art to take home, and we’ll assist with all the necessary paperwork!

Seats at the published international airfare rates are limited, so make sure to book your Cuba Art Tour immediately! Our day-to-day itinerary will give you all the detail you need.

Notice to US Universities of the Arts, US Schools of the Arts, US University Schools of the Arts, US Colleges of Art & Design, US Art Academies, US Art Institutes and other Academic Institutions from USA:



In January 2016, the US Government announced further enhancements to the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba that previously required a specific license (this is, lengthy applications to OFAC). Now travel to the Caribbean island is allowed under a general license (this is, self-completed paperwork with no application to OFAC needed).

After President Trump’s policy change on USA Cuba travel on November 9, 2017, the General License for Educational Activities remains in place. Accredited U.S. graduate or under graduate degree-granting institutions; U.S. Academic Institutions; and U.S. Schools can organize and sponsor an educational trip to Cuba for their students, faculty and staff under the General License for Educational Activities, provided that the trip meets OFAC guidelines; and that an employee or other representative of the organization escorts the trip to make sure such guidelines are followed by all participants.

US Universities of the Arts, US Schools of the Arts, US University Schools of the Arts, US Colleges of Art & Design, US Art Academies, US Art Institutes and other Academic Institutions from USA can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational activities. The purpose of the Cuba travel should be for:

_ the participation in a structured educational program offered for credit as part of a course of the sponsoring institution;

_ educational exchanges sponsored by Cuban or U.S. secondary schools involving secondary school students’ participation in a formal course of study or in a structured educational program offered by a secondary school or other academic institution, and led by a teacher or other secondary school official are authorized. This authorization allows for participation of a reasonable number of adult chaperones to accompany the secondary school students to Cuba.

_ attendance at non-commercial academic seminars, conferences and workshops related to Cuba sponsored or co-sponsored by U.S. academic institution.

_ non- commercial academic research related to Cuba for the purpose of obtaining a graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ the participation in a formal course of study at a Cuban academic institution provided that credits will be accepted toward the student’s graduate or undergraduate degree;

_ participation in a 10-week structured educational program in Cuba as part of a course offered at the U.S. institution;

_ participation in a formal 10-week course of study at a Cuban academic institution, provided the formal course of study in Cuba will be accepted for credit toward the student’s undergraduate or graduate degree at the U.S. institution;

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.


Notice to US Arts Organizations, US Arts Councils, US Arts Foundations, US Visual Arts Institutes, US Artist Groups, US Museums of Art, and other Arts Institutions from USA:



US Arts Organizations, US Arts Councils, US Arts Foundations, US Visual Arts Institutes, US Artist Groups, US Museums of Art, and other Arts Institutions from USA can organize and sponsor a trip to Cuba for educational exchanges not involving academic study to promote people to people contact for their members and the general public. Certain conditions are to be met to comply with OFAC General License requirements for USA Cuba travel though.

US Cultural and Educational Organizations can also sponsor and organize travel to Cuba under the General License for Public Performances, Workshops, Clinics, Exhibitions and Athletic or non-Athletic Competitions.

The trip should consist of a full-time schedule of activities intended to promote the exchange with the ordinary citizens of Cuba. This full-time schedule must also include educational activities that result in meaningful interaction in between U.S and Cuban nationals. The trip to Cuba must be escorted by an employee of the organization. Free time in excess or regular tourists' activities are not permitted.

We take care of all details both in North America and in Cuba, including VISA and flight arrangements to Cuba's main destinations via USA ports (Miami, Tampa, New York, Los Angeles, or other) or through third countries like Canada and Mexico. Authorized US organizations can travel through a third country subject to the same restrictions and requirements as those flying directly from USA.

At Authentic Cuba Travel, we have been organizing such educational and cultural travel experiences from the United States of America for years with great success.


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  • Cuba Art Tours | What You Will Do:

    • People-to-people OFAC General License issued by US Sponsor.

    • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Havana Historical Centre.
    • Travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Las Terrazas.
    • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vinales Valley
    • Private visits to the studios of Cuba's most important visual artist.
    • Lunch hosted by world renowned Cuban artists Jose Fuster.
    • Meet Cuban art teachers, curators & museum directors.
    • Visit to Wifredo Lam Center, responsible for the Art Biennial.
    • Visit to the Experimental Printing Workshop.
    • Visit to Cuba's National Art Schools.
    • Visit to Habana Gallery, specializing in contemporary Cuban art.
    • Guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts' Cuban Collection.
    • Fototeca de Cuba preserves Cuba's photographic patrimony.
    • Visit to the Center for the Development of Visual Arts.
    • Guided tour of Callejon de Hammel cultural project.
    • Cuba's popular ceremony, the Fire of the Cannon of 9 O’Clock.

    GENERAL LICENSE FOR PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH CUBA TRAVEL



    US Arts Professionals, US Art Educators, US Art Consultants, US Art Critics, US Museum of Art Directors, Curators and Staff, US Visual Artists; and other Art Professionals from USA interested in conducting professional research on Cuba's Art Scene can travel to Cuba under the provisions of the General License for Professional Research.

    GENERAL LICENSE FOR EDUCATIONAL PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE GROUP TRAVEL TO CUBA



    Non-art-professional citizens from USA interested in visiting Cuba to learn more about Cuba's Visual Art Industry can travel to Cuba under the provisions of the General License for People-to-people Educational Group Travel issued by US organizations.

    This educational people-to-people group tour is sponsored by US organizations that are authorized by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to run cultural and educational people-to-people programs to Cuba.

    Your People-to-People General License is already included in the price of the tour.

    Tourism to Cuba from US is still prohibited by the US Cuba travel regulations. In other words, American visitors to Cuba cannot simply book an all inclusive “sun & beach” vacation and relax in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters of Cuba while sipping in mojitos like Canadians and most citizens of the world can. Educational and cultural exchanges in between the Cubans and the American visitors must be included in the itineraries.

    During the Trump administration the General License for Professional Research and the General License for Group People-to-people Educational Travel to Cuba remain in place.

    Cuba Art Tours
    Art in Cuba is woven from the fabric of life on the island and includes diverse themes and stylistic movements often drawn from Cuba’s rich multicultural heritage. Cuba art tours by Authentic Cuba Travel will take tour participants to explore Cuba’s naïve art, modernism, and conceptual art that incorporate imagery drawn from local life, history and African religions, as well as personal narratives and provocative conceptual pieces.
    Participants in our Cuba Art Tours will have the change to meet with the professors and students of ISA, Cuba’s National Art Schools, and tour the school. Similar to a U.S. conservatory, the ISA is Cuba’s premiere arts education institution. Learn first-hand about the latest trends in Cuban Art.
    The brainchild of the self-taught Cuban artist known simply as “Salvador,” Callejon de Hamel is an amazingly original collection of murals and found art sculptures celebrating the African heritage of Cuba. Embraced by the residents of the neighborhood, Salvador’s art has not only transformed the look of the neighborhood, but its spirit. The Cuba Art Travel experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this picturesque artistic project.
    The home of some daring work, the Taller Experimental de Gráfica (Experimental Print Workshop), is an artists’ cooperative tucked away near the Marques de Arcos Palace. Filled with prints, presses, lithographs, stencils, the talented, young artists often work with local themes and specifically Cuban imagery. Cuba tours that attempt to go upfront and discover Cuba’s contemporary artistic trends in lithography must take the time to visit this art institution and meet with creators.
    Housed in the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes, the centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts is the Cuban Collection. As you move through three centuries of Cuban art, you’ll see the influence of European, African, Asian, and Caribbean art.
    The curators of Habana Art Gallery will be on hand, along with featured artists, as you view the latest exhibitions. Featuring recent developments in Cuban Art, the Habana Art Gallery showcases leading-edge work. All to enrich the Cuba Travel experience!

    Day 1. Saturday 30 December 2017. Hello Cuba

    Upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana City, you’ll begin your Cuba travel adventure with introductions from your Authentic Cuba Travel Tour guide.

    Along with your bus driver, your guide will be with you during the entirety of your stay ensuring that all of your arrangements are effortless.

    Beginning with your private transfer and check-in to either Hotel Melia Cohiba (P) or Riviera (E)— you can start enjoying the authentic Cuba travel experience!

    A complimentary breakfast is served at the hotel from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Day 2. Sunday 31 December 2017. Hello Cuba— Hello Old Havana!

    Morning: Our Cuba tours usually begin with a meeting with Cuban architect Miguel Coyula from the organization overseeing Havana’s urban development, Grupo para el Desarrollo Integral de La Ciudad. Mr. Coyula will introduce you to the historical center of the city as you explore the Scale Model of Old Havana.

    This visit is followed by a welcome lunch at La Mina restaurant.

    Afternoon: After lunch, it’s off to an experimental printmaking venture, Taller Experimental de Gráfica. Organized as a cooperative, this workshop features the next generation of Cuban lithographers. There, we’ll observe the artists at work as they produce a wide variety of prints including full color lithographs of various sizes, as well as dynamic woodcuts. Often the work incorporates recognizable Cuban symbols and local themes.

    Afterwards, it’s time to stretch our legs and experience the authentic Cuba that lies within Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our guided walking tour will take us to a variety of unique, Cuban cultural sites including several of Havana’s most important squares: Cathedral Square, Square of Arms, Plaza Vieja, and San Francisco Square.

    During the afternoon walk, you’ll take in wonderful examples of Cuban architecture, such as the Cathedral of Havana, started in 1748 by the Jesuits, experience the Museum of the City located in the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, where the colonial governors of Cuba once resided, and see one of the Caribbean’s oldest forts, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, recently renovated into an impressive, maritime museum.

    Before returning to the hotel, you’ll have free time to explore the delightful handicraft market of Old Havana. At the market, you’ll have the chance to purchase crafts and souvenirs that truly represent authentic Cuba.

    Return to hotel.

    Evening: celebrate New Year’s Eve at a venue of your choosing tonight (optional/ not included in tour costs). Your tour guide will give you advice on the numerous venues in the city where you can partake in the celebrations for New Year’s Eve. He will also help you book your favourite dinner and event. Your hotel tour desk can also help with booking events for this special night where one more anniversary of the Cuba Revolution is also celebrated.

    Day 3. Monday 1 January 2018. History, Whimsy, and the Future of Cuban Art

    Morning: The third day of your Cuban art travel begins with a return to Old Havana and a special tour of the Museum of Fine Arts’ Cuban Collection, housed in the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes—an added bonus for architectural buffs! The museum displays the largest collection of Cuban visual arts not only in Cuba but in the world.

    The next stop in our Cuba art tours is Callejon de Hamel, a completely unique art installation located in the middle of a neighborhood. The heart of a Cuban cultural renaissance, Callejon de Hamel is the brainchild of Salvador Gonzales. Using local buildings as backdrops, his vibrant murals and evocative sculptures incorporate imagery from Cuba’s African heritage. You’ll also meet the artist, and have a chance to learn about his artistic inspirations and his hopes for the neighborhood.

    One of the favorite highlights of Authentic Cuba Travel’s Art Tour, Fusterlandia is the studio and residence of one of the most recognizable Cuban artists now working. Meeting the host of our luncheon, Jose Fuster, and seeing his work, is one of the many terrific reasons to get aboard with AUTHENTIC CUBA TRAVEL. A ceramicist, muralist, and painter, Mr. Fuster has garnered global attention for his highly original—and often whimsical—work.

    Afternoon: We’ll delve deeper into the contemporary Cuban contemporary art scene with studio visits to some influential and highly regarded artists representing several generations and practicing in different media. These include Alicia Leal, a painter who often draws inspiration from myth and religion, and her husband Juan Moreira, whose latest work explores Cuba’s African roots.

    Other memorable stops of our Cuba tours include visits with Juan Carlos Alom, an important experimental photographer, and the Britos’ Sisters. Yamilys is a highly respected, young printmaker, and her sister Jaqueline incorporates personal narrative themes into her paintings.

    Return to Hotel.

    Evening: Even though is not included in the cost of our Cuba art tours, we always recommend going to the Gran Teatro de la Habana to enjoy a performance of the National Ballet of Cuba. (optional)

    Day 4. Tuesday 2 January 2018. Hello Cuba— Cuba Art: Education and Business

    Morning: The day begins with a unique opportunity to see how Cuba cultivates its best, young, artistic talent. Cuba's National Art Schools (ISA) offers a comprehensive program much like an arts conservatory in the United States.

    Talented students work with a faculty made up completely of professors who are working visual artists, art curators, or art critics. During the tour of the facility, you’ll actively engage both faculty and students, and learn from them about current directions in Cuban Art.

    Lunch at El Aljibe restaurant.

    Afternoon: Continuing on the theme of originality and contemporary directions in Cuban art, our Cuba tours visit some at one of the most up-to-date galleries, the Habana Art Gallery. Although it’s one of Cuba’s best known and longest operating galleries, it stays extremely current and showcases leading edge work from Cuban artists.

    After our gallery visit, we’ll meet several more artists that are exceptional. Combining media, visual technique, and subject matter in unusual and fascinating ways, these include the self-taught and highly individualistic photographer Rene Pena, Lazaro Saavedra, who combines pictorial work with performances and video, and Jose Angel Toirac, a painter and installation "political" artist.

    Evening: Enjoy a beautiful view of the city at the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabana as you experience a great and historic Havana tradition: Fire of the Cannon of 9 O'Clock.

    Day 5. Wednesday 3 January 2018. Cuba Art: Preservation and Promotion

    Morning: Our first visit of the day is to the Wifredo Lam Center, named for the world-famous, Cuban, modernist painter.

    In much the same way that Lam embraced a fusion of cultures, mythologies, themes and modernist techniques in his work, the Wifredo Lam Center promotes the contemporary art not only of Cuba, but also of other countries in the Caribbean and the developing world.

    The Wifredo Lam Center is also responsible for turning all of Havana into a living art gallery during the Havana Art Biennial. While at the Center, you’ll have time to visit rotating exhibits of international work and Cuban art from the Biennial, and the permanent collection includes a number of important pieces by Wilfredo Lam.

    Lunch: Enjoy your midday meal on your own at one of the many restaurants of Old Havana (not included). Your Authentic Cuba Travel expert tour guide will help you doing bookings and recommending best eateries around.

    Afternoon: Your art tour of Cuba continues with visits to some of Cuba's most prestigious art institutions including the Center for the Development of Visual Arts, the Fototeca de Cuba, and La Casona Gallery.

    During the course of the afternoon, you’ll be exposed to a terrific overview of the recent trends in Cuban painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation work as you view exhibits, meet artists, and speak with curators and gallery staff.

    Return to your hotel.

    Day 6. Thursday 4 January 2018. Cuba Explorer- Hello Las Terrazas!

    Morning: In our Cuba art tours, we celebrate the beginning of a new year with a refreshing visit to Las Terrazas Community, located in the mountains of Sierra del Rosario. This UNESCO Biosphere is a beautiful and unique region showcasing a combination of sustainable development with environmental preservation.

    A place where you can enjoy hiking, bird watching, or just lounging around, you’ll get an orientation to the natural wonders of the area at the delightful village of Rancho Curujey.

    We’ll do a little local sightseeing while also stopping in to meet local artists and artisans. But don’t forget your bathing suit, as we’ll also take a refreshing swim in the San Juan River.

    Lunch will be at a local, traditional restaurant.

    We’ll then continue to the Viñales Valley, where we’ll overnight at Los Jazmines, a full service hotel with spectacular views of the valley.

    Day 7. Friday 5 January 2018. UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vinales Valley!

    Vinales Valley is one of the most geologically striking areas on the island. It has dramatic cliffs, numerous caves, and mogotes, unusual hills with steep sides and rounded tops. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the pride and joy of the inhabitants of Western Cuba, and one of the most beautiful Cuban destinations to spend your last day in the Caribbean island.

    Lunch: Lunch today will be at a restaurant located at the Cueva del Indio.

    The Cueva del Indio is part of the largest system of subterranean caves in all of Latin America. The caves are the site of both Amerindian pictographs and burials. Indigenous people also used the caves, as well as runaway plantation slaves, as places to hide from Spanish colonialists.

    An underground river runs through the caverns, and you’ll get to experience the cave during a trip by boat.

    One the way to Viñales, you’ll view the “Mural de la Prehistoria,” a gigantic hillside painting commissioned by Fidel Castro, and painted by the artist Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillos in 1961.

    In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to roam the delightful town of Viñales with its small wooden homes fronted by porches. You can shop at the stalls in the craft bazaar, people watch in the city park, visit the town church, or stroll the Viñales Botanical Garden.

    Day 8. Saturday 6 January 2018. Departure

    Early morning departure to Havana City International Airport for departure.

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