Jose Fuster

His artistic work is compared to Picasso and Gaudi. José Fuster changes the Cuban landscape with similar passion and commitment.

“José Antonio Rodríguez Fuster (born August 1946 in Villa Clara, Cuba) is a Cuban naïve artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving, and graphic design. From 1963 he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Instructores de Arte in Havana. Fuster has made a major contribution over 10 years of work of rebuilding and decorating the fishing town of Jaimanitas in the outskirts of Havana, where he lives. Jaimanitas is now a unique work of public art where Fuster has decorated over 80 houses with ornate murals and domes to suit the personality of his neighbours, he has built a chess park with giant boards and tables, The Artists’ Wall composed of a quilt of dozens of tiles signed and donated by other Cuban artists, a theatre and public swimming pools.” source: Wikipedia.

I was fortunate enough to meet the artist at his home and, thanks to translator, to speak with him for a while. Finally I had met some well-known person :). Even though his body of work is very diverse, he is, first, a big enthusiastic the creation of public areas. The most frequent associations with Picasso’s works or Gaudi’s design is more than obvious. But for me, his life and artwork resembles of someone else. The late artist César Manrique, who lived and worked on the Spanish island of Lanzarote. A very similar style of both artists can be noticed in a passion to shaping the reality surrounding them. Manrique, throughout their lifetime, has created the entire island. Fuster devotes attention to the small fishing town.

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