Che Vive | Che Lives
Photo-mosaic, 54x42, 2016
Eighty square 6x6" photo-mosaics. Each took between 1 and 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 by hand 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."
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 Pintor Lincoln Camué | The Painter Lincoln Camué, Santiago de Cuba
Photo-mosaic, 50x94, 2015
Portraits of Afro-Cuban women in a store-front window 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 home. We talked for an hour, connecting as artists. I returned a week later to chat some more.
"So rare and intense, they put those painting portraits I saw in the Vatican to shame."
Callejón de Hamel, Havana
Photo-mosaic, 36x132, 2016
Every Sunday this block rocks to the rumba rhythms. Closed off to traffic and surrounded by hundreds of feet of building-high murals by Cuban artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalon, it's the perfect place to get lost in the power and soulful beauty of Afro-Cuban music.
"Rendered speechless. Trying to find words to express this awe and joy."
El Asado de Cerdo | The Pig Roast, Santiago de Cuba
Photo-mosaic, 38x75, 2015
We went over Ernesto's friend's house, through the living room and kitchen, and down the back stairs into the basement. Six of his neighborhood friends were roasting a pig on a home-made spit, talking shop.
"A revolutionary masterpiece for this generation and beyond."
Yosnel en Vallé de Viñales | Yosnel in Viñales Valley
Photo-mosaic, 2016, 36x128
We rode with Yosnel for 5 hours, galloping, bodies in unison, flying through the Cuban outback, pounding the dirt, slicing through space.