A boutique gallery based out of Brooklyn, NY, Cuban Fine Arts specializes in contemporary Cuban art alongside up-and-coming American street art. Our work involves showcasing new and emerging artists alongside renowned and established work. Founded in 2014 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Cuban Fine Arts was born from the desire to foster easier access to Cuba’s contemporary art world. Eventually, the gallery expanded to include artists residing around the world. Our collection currently includes works by Nelson Dominguez, Kcho, Francisco Nunez Martinez, Richard Hambleton, Jenny Okun, Nana Del Riego, Manuel Mendive, John Grande, MERKBBB, Gustavo del Valle, Aneli Pupo, Ed Steinberg, Lorenzo Holder, Cavier, Roberto Fabelo, Jose Bedia, Alfredo Sosabravo, Cundo Bermudez, Carlos Guzman, Juan Carlos Vasquez Lima, Adagio Benitez, Pedro Pablo Oliva, and Alejandra Glez.
MEET THE FOUNDER
Ever since my early days at School of Visual Arts, my life has revolved around art. I was fortunate enough to have studied with prominent artists including Richard Artschwager, Joseph Kosuth, Yvonne Rainer, David Gordon, Deborah Hey, Malcolm Morley, Steve Israel, Lawrence Alloway, Steve Reich, and Ed Emshwiller. Throughout my long career in the music and art world, I have been surrounded by talented creatives in disciplines ranging from art to music to dance. I worked with Jean-Michel Basquiat (3 x 3: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Danny Rosen, and Wayne Clifford), Madonna (‘Everybody’) and Gipsy Kings, to name a few. I was also lucky enough to collaborate with several Cuban musicians and filmmakers along the way, notably Alexander Delgado and Juan Padrón (Vampires in Havana). From there I was exposed to the rich landscape of Cuban painters and sculptors, and my fascination with Cuban art was born. As a lifelong art collector, exposure to the vast expanse of the Cuban oeuvre was a revelation.
This inspired me to open Cuban Fine Arts Gallery in 2014 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My goal has been to foster better understanding and easier access to Cuba’s contemporary art world, which is rife with established and emerging talent. Not only do we feature works by renowned artists, we also greatly celebrate the next generation of talent. Our artists offer a diverse array of perspectives on the history, culture, and politics of Cuba, and that is what makes this collection unique. Times are different now, but the fluidity of the creative world remains. I leave myself open to what moves me, whether it happens to be the melancholy brushstrokes of Kcho or the work of a young graffiti artist in Brooklyn. I am proud to say we represent Cuban artists as well as other artists residing around the world.
Steinberg’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum, NY: Guggenheim, NY; The New Museum, NY; Styrian Autumn Festival, Graz, Austria; Festival de Cine de San Sebastian, Spain; Festival D’Automne, Paris; Coopertiva Spazziozero, Rome; Gallery Waterio, Japan; Lugano Contemporary Music Festival; The Art Museum of the Nereum, Helsinki; Video ON- Cumune De Roma- Estate Romana; Walker Art Center; Institute of Contemporary Art- Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Aspen Center for the Visual Arts; Cervia Video Clips- Italy; High Museum of Art; The Kitchen, NY Shown/Curated show "Paysage du Clip" Music Videos As Art at Center George Pompidou, Paris and shown/ Curated at the Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburg and Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada. Steinberg is a well-known video and documentary director and producer in the music and art community.