KCHO (Havana, Cuba)
Reel Duration: 11’35”
KCHO is a Cuban artist.
Some of his trademarks are his paintings, installations and sculptures of small boats as we can see in this reel. These boats symbolize the Cuban exodus of the 90’s when Cuba found itself dissociated from the then crumbling Soviet Union. Starting in Germany in 1992, KCHO was propelled on the art scene worldwide.
In 1995, he participated in the first Kwang-Ju Biennial, Korea, where his work won the Grand Prix. That same year, in Paris, France, he is awarded the Prize for the Promotion of Arts, granted by UNESCO.
Today KCHO lives in Cuba with his family and does numerous arts and education projects with the poor communities around Havana and on the Isla de la Juventud, south of Cuba where he was born. He is one of the very few Cuban artists recognized by the Castro regime. These footage have been shot in and out of KCHO’ studio, located in the neighborhood of Romerillo where KCHO and his team bring works of arts in people’s houses, shops and on murals in the street. With his permission and guidance, here we discovered, a living museum full of life and authenticity, colors and people where art becomes reality and reality art.
(for more on Romerillo see People category)