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.... another important chance to taste the vibrancy of the Cuban

contemporary art scene (Richard Deacon, exhibition patron and Turner Prize winner)

Gallery 27 Cork Street, London – 23 to 28 April, 2012

The Lighthouse, Glasgow 7 to 13 May, 2012

Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Cuban Art presents fresh and diverse artworks by 26 of

Cuba’s leading artists specially selected for this unique UK exhibition. Works by the islands

internationally acclaimed contemporary artists will be displayed alongside top documentary

photographers, some of whom have shaped perceptions of Cuba, both real and imaginary.

Looking beyond the frame, the exhibition will offer a snapshot of an art scene that is

engaging and thought provoking. Pieces in vivid colours and more sombre items, both

abstract and figurative, will be displayed alongside conceptual work using found materials

and familiar iconic images.

The range and calibre of the contributing artists has been ensured through a close working

partnership with the National Council of Visual Arts in Havana. Artists have been invited to

either create a new piece or select an existing work, because of its particular significance.

Featuring painting, print, drawing, mixed media and photography, Beyond the Frame will

offer a diverse picture of contemporary Cuba, the creativity of its artists and its history. It will

be the first presentation and sale of work by some of these artists in the UK.

Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho)

Sin título / Untitled (2007)

Drawing in blue crayon on white card

204 cm x 150 cm

Highlights will include work by Alexis Leyva Machado, known as

Kcho, one of Cuba’s best known and most internationally recognised

living artists. Kcho’s conceptual work in recycled materials is sought

after by collectors internationally. He is also an accomplished



Manuel Mendive

Sin título / Untitled (2011)

Oil on canvas

44cm x 50cm

Manuel Mendive, another international exhibitor familiar to

UK art viewers, uses myth and narrative to engage with

Cuba’s African roots.

Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco)

Sueño caribeño / Caribbean dream (2011)


66 cm x 69 cm

Eduardo Roca Salazar, known as Choco, has selected a highly

textured human figure in the collographic technique that has

contributed to his international reputation.

In this type of

artwork, collages of different materials are arranged on a board

which is then used as the basis to make an impression on

specialised cotton paper. As well as being recognised for the high quality of their

craftsmanship, Choco’s work is also viewed as truly emblematic of Cuban culture.

Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy

Día / Day (2011)

Mixed media

80cm x 60cm

Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy is one of the newer generation of

contributing artists. He has a growing reputation in the international

arena and has represented Cuba at the Venice Biennale. His work is

held in collections in the USA, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland,

although he is not yet represented in the UK. The artist often works in jute, a material

associated with sugar and by association with African slavery.

René de Jesús Peña González

Wardrobe (2007)


54 cm x 40 cm

René de Jesús Peña Gonzales has been at the forefront of

trends in art photography in Cuba since the early 1990s. For

this exhibition he is contributing Wardrobe, a stunning

photographic piece that depicts the artist’s hand encased in brass, resting against his body.


The long imprisonment has been defeated by love and art.’

Antonio Guerrero

The exhibition is also being staged to raise awareness of the Miami Five, five Cubans

unjustly imprisoned in the United States for 13 years. The case is supported by Amnesty

International, the UN Commission on Human Rights, and prominent individuals including

eleven Nobel Prize winners.

Loosely referencing the exhibition’s title, some Cuban artists have selected works that

engage with the concept of a frame’s boundaries while others look beyond it, taking the

ideals of the Five, who have never wavered in their beliefs, as a metaphor for the principles

of Cuban society. Central to the exhibition will be artwork by two of the Five, Antonio

Guerrero and Gerardo Hernández, both of whom have taken up art while in prison.

Beyond the Frame unites UK-based artists and patrons in support of the campaign

This rare opportunity will see Cuban art displayed alongside work by other internationally

acclaimed artists. Alasdair Gray, Susan Hiller, Mona Hatoum, and John Keane are among

the exhibitors. John Keane comments

‘Since I think that in international relations culture can be the best ambassador I am

pleased to be able to contribute to an event which seeks to by-pass international

embargoes and highlights continuing injustice.’

The artworks by the twenty six Cuban and twenty other international artists are available for

purchase. All income from sales will go to the campaign for justice for the Miami Five. A full

list of exhibiting artists is in the notes for editors below.

Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Cuban Art is open for viewing and sales at:

Gallery 27, Cork Street, London W1 - Monday 23 to Saturday 28 April 2012

The Lighthouse, Glasgow, G1 - Monday 7 to Sunday 13 May 2012


Press information

For further information about the exhibition, artists and for images please contact:

Sue Barnard on 07759 293197 or by email at

For press enquiries about the Miami Five please contact:

Natasha Hickman on 020 800 0155 or email


Notes for Editors

Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Cuban Art is being organised in collaboration with the

National Council of Visual Arts, Havana and Cuba Solidarity Campaign, London.

Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Cuban Art is a not-for-profit event. All artists are

donating their artworks and any surplus income from sales will fund Cuba Solidarity

Campaign’s ongoing work to achieve justice for the Miami Five.

A programme of associated events will take place in London and Glasgow and at other

venues in Edinburgh, Manchester and York

Lesbia Vent Dumois, Eduardo Roco Salazar (Choco) and Gustavo Díaz Sosa will be

attending the exhibitions and events and will be available for interview.

Cuban artists and photographers exhibiting in Beyond the Frame:

Lidia Ethesr Aguilera Sanchez

Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho)

Juan Vicente Rodríguez Bonachea

Rigoberto Mena Santana

Luis Enrique Camejo Vento

Manuel Mendive Hoyos

Manuel Comas Labrada

Michel Mirabel Martínez

Joan Arel Ruíz Contino

Liborio Noval Barbara

Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy

René de Jesús Peña Gonzales

Nelson Dominguez Cedeño

Rafael Pérez Alonso

Ernesto Fernández Nogueras

Ernesto Rancaño Vieites

José Fuster

Eduardo Roco Salazar (Choco)

Sándor González Vilar

Roberto Salas Merino

Gustavo Díaz Sosa

Liudmila Ivella Velasco and

Javier Guerra Fernández

Nelson Ramírez de Arellano

William Hernandez Silva

Lesbia Vent Dumois

Other contributing artists:

Sam Ainsley

Derek Boshier

Susan Hiller

Rasheed Araeen

John Byrne, RSA

John Keane

Iwan Bala

Khulood Da’mi


Robert Ballagh

Rose Finn-Kelcey

Alexander Moffat, RSA

Steve Bell

Alasdair Gray

Tom Pietrasik

Ross Birrell and David Harding

Mona Hatoum

Jane Yates


Art sector - Dawn Ades - Sam Ainsley - Rasheed Araeen - Steve Bell - John Berger -

Ross Birrell - Guy Brett - Gilbert Brownstone - John Byrne - Professor Annie Coombes -

Richard Deacon - Andrew Dempsey - Professor Valerie Fraser - Alasdair Gray - David

Harding - John Keane – kennardphillipps - Catherine Lampert - Kim Longinotto -

Professor Laura Mulvey - Tom Pietrasik - Julian Stallabrass

Other - Tariq Ali - Dr. Peter G. Bourne, MD, MA - Louise Christian - Liz Davies - Andy de

la Tour - Jan Fairley - Neil Findlay, MSP - Tony Graham - Celia Hewitt - Roger Lloyd

Pack - David Mackay - Jehane Markham - Professor Marjorie Mayo - Peter Mullan -

Maxine Peake - Professor Patrick Pietroni, DSc (Hon), FRCP - Pedro Pérez Sarduy -

Baroness Angela Smith, Baroness of Basildon - Drew Smith, MSP - Elaine Smith, MSP -

Mark Stephens - Sandra White, MSP - Tony Woodley - Susan Wooldridge - Benjamin