Che x Alberto Korda x Chuck Close
Photo-mosaic, 54x42, 2016
Eighty square 6x6" photo-mosaics. Each took 2 or 3 hours. A mash-up of Alberto Korda's iconic image with Chuck Close's method, only I use photo-mosaic instead of paint. Father of the Cuban revolution, constructed with thousands of patchwork images of Cuba today, revealing a complex legacy.
"Breathtaking. I can't remember the last time art on a wall had such an impact on me."
-Bob Cilman, Young@Heart Chorus
El Coche Verde | The Green Car, Havana
Photo-mosaic, 68x94, 2016
I happened upon this scene in Habana Vieja. A solitary man, without parts, without tools, reviving his car. Progress was glacial, but evident. Everyone focuses on the shiny old cars. But they all start here. He said the engine is an '82 Toyota, the body a late 50s American model. Classic Cuban ingenuity.
El Vendedor de Verduras | The Vegetable Stand, Santiago de Cuba
Photo-mosaic, 40x73, 2016
Ernesto took me to this vegetable stand, around the corner from his house. It had just stopped raining, a brief respite from the blazing heat of summer in Santiago.
"Portrays the feeling of being in Cuba more than anything else we've seen."
-Trish Crapo, Greenfield Recorder
El Pintor Lincoln Camué | The Painter Lincoln Camué, Santiago de Cuba
Photo-mosaic, 50x94, 2015
Portraits of Afro-Cuban women in the windows of a store-front caught my eye. As I approached, a voice beckoned me in. It was Lincoln Camué (82), the renowned painter and this was his studio, a room at the front of his humble home. We talked for an hour, connecting as artists on the journey. I returned a week later to chat some more.