Cuba y PR Son De Un Pájaro Las Dos Alas | PR Artists Relief Art | Opening Reception

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Cuba y PR Son De Un Pájaro Las Dos Alas  | PR Artists Relief Art Auction

In this spirit of friendship and solidarity, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in collaboration with El Taller Experimental de la Grafica de la Habana, Havana, Cuba; Las Jornadas del Grabado Puertorriqueño, Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico; BOZARTE LLC and Ancestral Imprint Yoruba Association, Inc., will auction over 75 fine art prints.  Proceeds from the auction will be used for a relief fund, administered by Las Jornadas del Grabado Puertorriqueño, Inc. to help Puerto Rican artists affected by the hurricanes.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, you're invited to the opening reception of Cuba y PR Son De Un Pájaro Las Dos Alas  | PR Artists Relief Art Auction curated by Benjamín Ortíz of BOZARTE LLC.  An exhibition of the auction artwork will be on display from September 20 – October 18th.  On October 4th from 6-8 p,m, the CCCADI will host a lively artists’ talk. The evening will begin at 6 pm with a festive reception featuring hors-d'oeuvres, musical entertainment, and an auction preview. (Proceeds Benefit Puerto Rican Artists’ Hurricane Relief Fund) 

A year after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated the island of Puerto Rico, its residents are rebuilding and reimagining their futures.  Artists play a vital role in Puerto Rican society and culture. They also face unique challenges when natural disasters hit since many live, work and sell their art from a single space.  Artists working in Cuba reached out in a show of solidarity with their Puerto Rican counterparts to organize an auction of fine art prints by many of the leading printmakers currently working in Cuba, Puerto Rico and throughout the diaspora.  

The genesis of the auction was a touching note from the Cuban artist Isolina Limonta; written in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria:

“I feel so much for everything that is happening to the people of Puerto Rico, and it also hurts me to see that they are going through so many misfortunes. I do not have words to be able to console them in their pain during these moments. I do not have the resources to help them, but I have an idea that might be very worthwhile. Why not organize an auction of works donated by artists?”

Limonta continued by quoting the iconic poem by Lola Rodriguez de Tió, “Cuba y Puerto Rico son de un pajaro las dos alas…” (Cuba and Puerto are from a bird the two wings) to highlight the unique relationship between the two islands and its peoples.  

To date, original artworks have been donated by Rosenda Alvarez Faro, Imna Arroyo, Yamilys Brito Jorge, Pablo Amancio Borges Delgado, Ismari Caraballo Milanes, Marie Court, Indiana Cruz Rodríguez, Lizette Cruz, Osvaldo De Jesus Cruz, Carlos Del Toro Orihuela, Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy "Diago", Humberto Figueroa Torres, Nereidní Feliciano, Dania Fleites, Edgardo Hechavarría Ricardo, Martin Garcia Rivera, Aliosky Garcia Sosa, Ian Marcos Gutiérrez, Katherine Guzman, Octavio Irving Hernandez Jiménez,  Haydee Landing, Luis Lamothe Duribe, Alexis Leiva Machado “Kcho”, Nitzayra Leonor, Isolina Limonta, Rubildo Lopéz, George Malave, Poli Marichal, Paulina Marquez, Antonio Martorell, Juan Carlos Menéndez, Marcel Molina, Raimundo Orozco, Francisco Rafael Paneca Cano, Hanoi Pérez Cordero, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti, Ada Rosa Rivera, Nilda Rivera, Aziyade Ruiz Vallejo, Fernando Santiago Camacho, Ricardo Silveira, José Omar Torres López, Nitza Tufiño, Migdalia Umpierre, Elio Yoel Valdivia, Myriam Vázquez, Yolanda Vázquez, and artists from Taller Boricua and the Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop.

Related Programming:

September 20, 218 | Opening Reception (6pm - 8pm) | Rsvp Here  (Free) 

October 4, 2018 | Artists Talk (6pm - 8pm) | Rsvp Here  (Free) 

October 18, 2018 | Art Auction (6pm - 8pm)  | Rsvp Here (Free) 

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of El Taller Experimental de la Grafica de Habana, Las Jornadas del Granado Puertorriqueño, BOZARTE LLC, Ancestral Imprint Yoruba Association Inc, and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. 

Learn more about the organizers below: 

In July 1962, El Taller Experimental de la Grafica de Habana, the experimental printmaking workshop on Plaza de la Catedral in Havana, Cuba, was established by Cuban artist Orlando Suárez and Chilean painter José Venturelli.  Since its beginnings, the workshop focused purely on artistic projects and has been open to the most important Cuban printmakers, who have carried out an intensive work of creation and experimentation, a crucial factor in the boost experienced by the art of printmaking.  More info at:

Las Jornadas del Granado Puertorriqueño, Inc is a non-profit corporation, a graphic organization recognized since 2003, and the only printmaking organization registered in the Puerto Rico Department of State. Composed of a group of independent artists working diverse printmaking techniques, they unite with the objective of promoting, divulging, preserving, selling and exposing original works in various printmaking techniques. Directed by Ada Rosa Rodriguez. Contact:

BOZARTE LLC was funded and is directed by Benjamin Ortiz director an art advisor and independent curator. An advocate for the visual arts for the past 40 years working as curator and registrar at the Barnum Museum, Housatonic Museum and the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT. Ortiz is currently the associate curator for the Center for Contemporary Art in Norwalk, CT. Contact:

Ancestral Imprint Yoruba Association Inc.  is an affiliated of the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba. Ancestral Imprint published the artbook Eleggua (2013), The Sacred Family/La Sagrada Familia (2014) and IROKO: Tree of Life (2017). The Association was founded July 2013 and incorporated in the state of Connecticut in December 2014 as a not-for-profit organization.   Ancestral Imprint was founded by Imna Arroyo for the purpose of making cultural, artistic and religious exchanges. Contact:

Founded in 1976 by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), a 501(c)(3) organization based in East Harlem, New York, is a vibrant home for global afro-descendent cultural programming that integrates art, education, activism and conscious cultural tourism to foster social transformation. Its mission is to document and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures; prepare the next generation of cultural leaders; and unite Diaspora communities. CCCADI is regarded as a pioneer in elevating art and culture as a tool for social justice.  More info at:

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