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Exhibition: The Beginning of the End by Rachel Valdes Camejo

October 18 - November 21, 2016
Times Square Plaza 
Rachel Valdes Camejo's interactive, reflective, contemporary and ephemeral monument asks visitors to visually or spiritually investigate the relationship of the viewer to the object and its surrounding space to create infinite perceptions. 


Exhibition: Times of Silence by Aimeìe Garciìa

April 29, 2016 - May 19, 2016at the Times Square Plazas

Unveiling will take place on Friday, April 29th at 11:00 am

Times Square Arts and the Cuban Artists Fund bring Aimée García Marrero, an artist respected for her play between body and restriction, and her public art installation Times of Silence that exposes the news of our day, printed and public as the body, delicately restrained by colorful hand-embroidery to the Broadway plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets from April 29 - May 18, 2016.  An unveiling will take place on Friday, April 29th at 11:00 am.

The project consists of 6 panels of collaged newspaper and embroidery threads mounted in three metal illuminated vitrines. Through this sculptural form, we see the evidence of controlled communication of national press - either as a statement of silence or as an aesthetic composition of color and form, where the viewer chooses to write an alternative daily journal.  Combining New York Times and Cuban papers, Marrero shows us that news is always slightly opaque and interpretative.

The Selection Committee includes: Alexandre Arrechea, Times Square Arts commissioned artist; Holly Block, Executive Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Juan Delgado, Curator; Sherry Dobbin, Director, Times Square Arts/Creative Director, Times Square Alliance; Alina Pedroso, Cuban Artists Fund Advisory Committee; Jose Parla, Artist; Carlos Pomares, Executive Director, Cuban Artists Fund; Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance; and Helen Toomer, Director, PULSE NYC.

Previous artists include: Arlés del Rio, Esterio Segura, Leslie Sardiñas, Sofia Maldonado and Alexandre Arrechea.

Pulse New York

Thursday, March 3 - Sunday, March 6, 2016

CAF/TSA/Emilio Perez Panel, Saturday, March 5 at 3:00PM

Join CAF and our collaborative partner, the Times Square Alliance, at our booth at Pulse NYC.  This year we are featuring the finalists and featured artists for the 2016 CAF-TSA art installation at Times Square (in April and October).  This is the eleventh edition of PULSE New York, opening Thursday, March 3rd at 1pm. In addition to our booth, come and discover hundreds of artworks presented by our 45 international exhibitors, many of whom are new to PULSE this year. You are also welcome to participate in our daily programming, which includes PERSPECTIVES panel discussions with art world experts and influencers, large-scale and site-specific PROJECTS and the curated video selections of PLAY. Executive Director Carlos Pomares, TSA's Sherry Dobbin, and artist Emilio Perez will be sharing their arts experiences on Saturday at 3;00PM during a PERSPECTIVE panel discussion. Hope to see you there! Learn more at:


Nuevos Colores

September 17, 2015 - November 14, 2015 at Robert Miller Gallery, NYC

This exhibition features some of artists sponsored by CAF, please check out the show and related programming. For more information, see

Robert Miller Gallery is pleased to announce Nuevos Colores, an exhibition featuring a cross-generational group of artists that live and work in Cuba. Comprising site-specific installations, sculptures, paintings, works on paper, and photographs, the works reference a Cuban socio-political context and cultural background, particularly addressing themes such as oppression, yearning, dichotomies, and alternate realities.  Full artist list: Lidzie Alvisa, Abel Barroso, Elizabet Cerviño, Ariamna Contino, Arlés del Rio, Roberto Diago, Roberto Fabelo, Aimée García, Manuel Mendive, Jorge Otero, Carlos Quintana, Ernesto Rancaño, Esterio Segura, Stainless, and Rachel Valdés Camejo.


Pulse Contemporary Art Festival

March 3-6, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion

CAF and our collaborative partner, the Times Square Alliance (TSA), will showcase the artist (along with the finalists) selected for our next installment of public art at the famed location. Set to debut in April 2016, this will be the 6th art project featuring among the best of Cuba's emerging artists.


Public Art at Times Square

April 2016

CAF and the Times Square Alliance (TSA) will feature our 6th public art project. Past artists have included Alexandre Arrechea, Sofia Maldonado, Leslie Sardinas, Esterio Segura and Arles Del Rio. Stay tuned for more information on the finalists and ultimately the artist selected to present at Times Square.



The New Cuba Conference 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 

CAF Leadership will serve among the featured speakers at the New Cuba Conference.   On December 17, 2014, The United States and Cuba forever changed as the world witnessed each president speak to their own country on national television announcing a shared desire for restored relations. The symbolic day marked a milestone for Cuba/US relations after half a century of icy relations. What does this mean for our creative communities who have been mostly forbidden to co-create together for 55 years? The first assembly of "The New Cuba" brain trust will be a conference that takes place on June 17, 2015 in New York City at The Standard, High Line. For more information, please visit:


CAF Trip: 12Th Havana Biennial, May 19-26, 2015

CAF is pleased to once again offer another wonderful experience in Cuba during the 12th Havana Biennial.  As a leader in the cultural exchange field in Cuba for nearly two decades, our trip will feature exclusive interaction with well-established and emerging artists. Our experience will depart from New York City on May 19, 2015 and return May 26th.

In addition to the many fine paladars, art institutions and historic sites, our guests will have unique opportunities to meet with artists in their studios and art installations.  CAF’s Havana Curator-In-Residence, Juanito Delgado, has arranged several behind-the-scenes tours and meet-and-greet cocktail receptions yielding Havana’s intimate artistic trends. Delgado and our other partners are among Havana’s finest curators offering unparalleled perspective.

Please feel free to review the attached working itinerary. Please note that some scheduling is subject to minor modification as we keep incorporating our exclusive opportunities to meet artists and special experiences.

From Havana’s most famous artists to her raising stars, CAF’s many proven relationships will be sure to delight all with an experience of a lifetime.  Our group is limited to 12 so please do not delay in registering. Contact Carlos Pomares at carlos (at)


CAF Trip to Cuba: 24th International Havana Ballet Festival

 October 27-November 1, 2014

Join CAF for an experience of a lifetime at the famed Havana ballet Festival. Contact Executive Director, Carlos Pomares, for itinerary/festival information and pricing. Space is limited!!! Contact carlos (at) cubanartistsfund (.) org




Opens July 8 through August 18, 2014

CAF in collaboration with the Times Square Alliance is pleased to feature the art of Cuban Artist, Arles Del Rio. Nearness is an interactive installation which will be up across the Broadway plazas July 8 - August 18. This is the fifth collaboration between the organizations to bring contemporary artworks to one of the world's most iconic places. During its run, the exhibition will be moved creating a diverse set of experiences for visitors. Schedule for NEARNESS includes:

July 8 - 19, 2014
Broadway btwn 43rd & 44th Sts

July 20 - August 1, 2014
Broadway btwn 42nd and 43rd Sts

August 2 - 9, 2014
Broadway btwn 43rd & 44th Sts

August 10 - 18, 2014
Duffy Square at Broadway & 46th St




Arlés del Rio's Nearness deals with restrictions, distance, the forbidden and achieving longings despite impediments. The 17 sculptures consist of copper and steel panels cut out with human silhouettes of various sizes. These panels invite participants to get close and even step through, representing metaphorically the social, political, cultural and personal barriers, among others, that may keep us away from one another.


CAF & TSA at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

May 8-11, 2014

CAF and our good friends of the Times Square Alliance will be on hand at PULSE. Come learn about our future collaborative projects in the works beginning this summer and beyond. Learn more about the art fair at


Book Launch, Cuba Then by Ramiro Fernandez

April 16 at 6:30PM, RSVP Required

Cuba Then by Ramiro Fernandez, with a forward and poems by Richard Blanco, celebrates more than a century of Cuba's intensely colorful history with over 250 never-before-published photos. From the earliest daguerreotypes to glamorous shots of movie stars, the country's history is represented by a rich spectrum of personalities. Held at the the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, contact Leani Garcia for reservations at  212-277-8380212-277-8380 or lgarcia (at) ascoa (dot) org


Emilio Perez Studio Visit

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM by RSVP only

Join CAF for this rare opportunity to meet the artist in his studio. Learn about his creative process, inspiration, and current project. For reservations, contact Carlos Pomares at carlos [at] cubanartistsfund [dot] org

Exhibition, Re-Evolution: Cuban Artists Somewhere North

April 12-27, 2012 open daily 11AM-6:00PM. Opening reception: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Location: chashama gallery, 655 Third Avenue (between 41 & 42 Streets), NYC

The Cuban Artists Fund, in collabortation with chashama gallery, is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition featuring Cuban artists Avarde, Cesar Alfonso, Jesus Rivera, Agustin Rolando Rojas & Raul Villarreal. The exhibition dates are April 12-27, open daily 11AM-6:00PM. Admission is FREE. Opening reception will be held Thursday, April 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

¡Si Cuba! Festival - Exhibition: Body Memories

May 26, 2011 – June 25, 2011; Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Chashama Gallery, 217 East 42nd Street, New York, NY

The Cuban Artists Fund in collaboration with chashama gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Body Memories, a photography exhibit featuring the work of Cuban artists, Cirenaica Moreira and Adonis Flores. The exhibition is part of the New York City-wide Si Ciba Festival.

Cirenaica Moreira and Adonis Flores are two young members of the Cuban visual art structure who are part of that international trend of creative thinking interested in the need to revert canons of action and ideology. For Adonis Flores, the cornerstone of creation has been approaching the topic of war, specifically the existential vicissitudes of men immerse in it. Cirenaica Moreira questions the alleged banality of the feminine universe and criticizes the cultural yokes historically imposed on women making them almost compulsorily stay at home. With their works, revealing interests on the notions of national politics and history, gender and sexuality, nature, culture and society, both artists reflect on ideas having to do with the social construction of both genders, the roles historically assigned to them and the differentiated place they have within the separate spheres of what is public and what is private, with the usual almost exclusive participation of men in first one and the relegation of women to the second.

¡Si Cuba! Festival - Book Presentation - Hard Light: The Work of Emilio Sanchez

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 7:00PM – 8:30PM
New York Public Library, South Court Hall, 5th Ave & 42nd Street, New York, NY

Join the Cuban Artists Fund, the Emilio Sanchez Foundation and the New York Public Library, for a book presentation and panel discussion regarding the release of a new book presenting the work of Cuban-born artist Emilio Sanchez, a New Yorker.

Three authors Rafael Diaz Casas, John D. Angeline, and Rudi C. Bleys will offer diverse perspectives on the multifaceted Cuban American painter Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) followed by a panel discussion. Each author wil...l present an illustrated talk about Sanchez’s work—from its relevance to aspects of modernism in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S., to a unique glimpse into his private world and art through the lens of queer theory and aesthetics. This prismatic presentation will give readers a fresh look at this unique artist’s vision while firmly positioning Sanchez within the discourse on 20th-century art history.

Although barely acknowledged in his native country in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, Sanchez dedicated much of his career to recreating the effects of Cuba’s sun-soaked colors onto canvas in his New York City studios. This volume collects Sanchez’s acclaimed paintings, watercolors, and drawings, which are celebrated for their architectural forms, brilliant palettes, hard lines, and striking use of light and shadow. Although never fully abandoning figuration, Sanchez’s paintings reflect a dialogue with North American post War abstraction, as well as Latin American geometric abstraction. In addition to Cuban street scenes, Sanchez painted the architecture of New York, the Caribbean and North Africa, including still lifes, and land- and seascapes throughout. This much anticipated and beautifully compiled monograph is the first to bring to light the prolific career and life of this imaginative and spirited 20th-century Cuban American artist.

Rafael DiazCasas is a curator and art historian who specializes in Latin American art.

John D. Angeline is an art historian and museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Rudi C. Bleys writes widely in the field of queer theory.

Exhibition: “Mental States”

October 14 – November 13, 2010
Opening Reception: October 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, New York, NY

The Cuban Artists Fund is pleased to announce the recent grant award of studio space to Cuban artist, Yoan Capote. In collaboration with chashama, CAF will provide much-desired studio space in New York City for Capote as he prepares work for his upcoming exhibition entitled, Mental States, opening at the Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC on October 14, 2010. Please join us for the opening of this exhibition on October 14.

Exhibition: “Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints”

October 18 – December 10, 2010
Walsh Gallery, at Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ.   973.275.2033973.275.2033
Opening Reception: October 21, 2010 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Panel Discussion: November 11, 2010 7:00 – 8:30PM

After a successful run at the Grolier Club in New York City in 2009, the exhibition “Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints” will come to the Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery this Fall.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 21, 7:00-9:00 PM. A related panel discussion on the will be held on November 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The panel will feature exhibition curator Linda Howe, CAF Chairman Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Cuban Artist Yoan Capote with more to be announced shortly.

The exhibition highlights the remarkable vitality of contemporary book arts in Cuba. Cuban Artists Books and Prints / Libros y Grabados de Artistas Cubanos 1985-2009 surveys the work of thirteen acclaimed artists who, for over twenty years, have ingeniously expressed their experiences of life in Cuba. They have survived cultural politics, difficult living conditions, and resource shortages that limited their access to the most basic materials, like paper. Their creative responses range from romantic reverie and nostalgia to humor and irony.

Curated by Linda S. Howe, Professor of Romance Languages at Wake Forest University and CAF Advisory Board Member, the exhibition gathers over 120 books, maquettes for unpublished projects, related prints, and printed objects. The books were designed for Ediciones Vigía, a collaborative artists’ press founded in 1985 in Matanzas. The only press of its kind in Cuba or perhaps anywhere, it began with a mimeograph machine and a borrowed typewriter. Its limited editions of works by leading Cuban authors as well as García Lorca and Rimbaud are designed and illustrated primarily by Rolando Estévez. Many are collaged with cloth, leaves, or wood scraps, making them unique; some are made as scrolls for hanging.

Through Ediciones Vigía, young artists and writers took production into their own hands and, out of the need to make art, turned a very humble project into an elaborate production of sophisticated books. Remarkable formal invention, poignant poetry, and technical mastery of print media, especially with found materials, unite these delicate handmade works, which include books by once-censored or controversial national and international authors as well as children’s books and musical compositions.

Voices and Dance within the Americas - Guggenhein&rs Works and Process' Premiere

Featuring CAF Supported Artists Jonak Bokaer & Judith Sanchez-Ruiz
Sunday & Monday, October 24 & 25 @ 7:30 PM

See three new Works & Process commissions inspired by the Latino multicultural landscape in the Americas. Ballet Hispanico’s Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro has paired Cuban choreographer Maray Gutierrez and Peruvian American composer Gabriela Lena Frank to create a work that explores identity and cultural fusion. Cuban American artist Anthony Goicolea joins choreographer Jonah Bokaer for the multimedia collaboration TRiCK, created especially for this program. Cuban choreographer Judith Sanchez Ruiz and Korean visual artist Sun K. Kwak premiere I will Stay with You Even if You Are Not Here, a collaborative work inspired by the life and work of Cuban visual artist Ana Mendieta, with original music by Cuban composer Dafnis Prieto. Wendy Perron, editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, will moderate the discussion.  The performance takes place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater and is followed by a reception in the museum rotunda.  $30, $25 members (CAF Supporters mention “CAF” to receive Guggenheim member rate), $10 students under 25 with valid ID.

Rediscovering Cuba Series

Patrick Symmes - An American Living in Cuba
Evening, November 18, 2010 at Magnan-Metz Gallery by RSVP Only due to limited space.
RSVP: carlos [at]

Patrick Symmes will discuss his recent attempt to live in Cuba, as a Cuban, for one month.  Trying to get a realistic sense of life for the average citizen, Symmes lived in Havana entirely on the average monthly salary (less than $20 USD) and tiny food ration issued to Cubans. Through networking, bartering and some luck, Symmes survived his month in Cuba – and lost almost 12 pounds. His story, "30 DAYS AS A CUBAN," highlights the resilience and adaptability of the Cuban people in the face of severe economic challenges.  Patrick Symmes is an author journalist, specializing in Third World conflicts, global environmental problems, travel writing, and the geopolitics that underlie them all. Symmes has served as a Contributing Editor at Harper’s and Outside magazines; published frequently in Newsweek, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Wired, Mother Jones, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the Telegraph in London. He is the author of two books, “The Boys from Dolores” and “Chasing Che.”


A selection of these works were first exhibited in "Esta noche baila aquí Alicia Alonso" (2008) at the National Museum of Fine Arts during the last Havana International Ballet Festival.  For this show, important artworks by young artists were added, who following the paths of contemporary art, offer new discourses and work with new art means and techniques.



March 2 - March 8, 2010
Collaboration with Time Square Alliance
Ten minute animation of wrecking ball
Giant NASDAQ screen at Broadway and 43rd Street
+ U.S. Premiere: 7:50 PM, March 2
+ Pre-Midnight Screenings for Art Fair Week: 11:50 PM, March 2 -March 8
+ Random Screenings of 30 Second Version: March 2010
Special thanks to "Times Square Squared." NASDAQ Webcam at

"42nd Street Mural"

March 2 - April 30, 2010
Collaboration with the Times Square Alliance
92 Feet x 12 Feet Mural.  Acrylic on plywood mounted on construction fence
Between 7th & 8th Avenue on the north side of West 42nd Street
Special thanks to "The New 42 Street"

New York artist Sofia Maldonado is painting a 92-foot mural on plywood panels in BLANK SL8, a storefront at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, daily from 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM until January 26 on 8th Avenue and 41st Street.   Once complete, the painted plywood panels will be installed on an outdoor construction fence on 42nd Street in late February 2010.

The colorful mural depicts NYC women from Maldonado's Puerto Rican - Cuban heritage.  Flowing clouds of pastel colors provide the background for 12 foot tall images of women who are painted in an elaborate street-art style.

Presented by the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance in Collaboration with the Cuban Artists Fund.

Times Square Art Exhibition Reception for Sophia Maldonado & Alexandre Arrechea

Time Square, NYC
Tuesday, March 2, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM at the NASDAQ Event Space in Times Square (enter just south of 43rd Street)

The Times Square Alliance, the Cuban Artists Fund and the Scope Art Fair invite you to the opening reception for three new public artworks in Times Square. RSVP to RSVP required for entry to artist reception.


Before the EventVisit the Ellis / Lange sculpture in Duffy Square at 46th Street.
6:15 to 7:40 PMArtist reception in NASDAQ Event Space with videos of all three artworks.
7:50 PMWatch US Premiere of "Black Sun" by Alex Arrechea in Times Square.
8:05 PMWalk to "42nd Street Mural" by Sofia Maldonado.
8:15 PMView the Mural

The public projects and receptions are made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, NASDAQ, Times Square Squared, The New 42nd Street, Magnan Metz Gallery, Scope Art Fair and Anonymous Gallery.   All projects are part of the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance.

Cuban Artists' Books & Prints Gallery Talk By Linda Howe

Tuesday, July 28 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, RSVP Required


Join the Cuban Artists Fund for a reception and viewing of the exhibition, “Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints” at the Grolier Club in New York City. Please RSVP to carlos [at] cubanartistsfind [dot] org.

Cuba on Your Mind Literary Series

September 16, October 28 & November 11

In the Fall 2009, CAF will initiate a new public program focusing on the literary arts. This three-part series entitled, Cuba on Your Mind, will feature both Cuban and Cuban Diaspora authors, as well as those who address issues relating to Cuba in their work. At each session, the writer will read from his or her work, discuss inspiration and creative process, and take questions from the audience. Distinguished guest curator, Emma Reverter, will lead each session, present the participating writers, direct the question and answer portion, and offer insights to feature each writer. Emma Reverter has a degree in law and journalism and lives in New York where she works as a columnist for various publications.

Tom Gjelten author of Barcardi and The Long Fight for Cuba will kick off the series on September 16 and Patrick Symmes author of Boys from Dolores will be featured on October 28. Both events will take place at the Gabarron Foundation (at 149 East 38th Street) and will begin at 6:30 PM.CAF is close to confirming a third author. Check back soon for further information.

Annual Cuban Artists Fund Fundraiser Set for 2009

September 23, 2009 from 7:00 PM - Midnight

Supporting Cuban Arts through fine Cuban cuisine and music is the name of the game as CAF hold its annual event at noted restaurant, Havana Central. Located at 151 West 46th Street, the fundraiser will take place from 7PM-Midnight in Manhattan.  Ticket prices are $500 for VIP reserved seating and $350 per person general admission. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductable. For more information, please contact carlos [at] cubanartistsfund [dot] org