Expert writers will each provide an essay based on material never before published depicting the story and/or the work of selected artists.

William Kennedy

Mr. kennedy, a Pulitzer prize winner in 1984 and frequent participant on issues relating to

Cuba, will add his words and views on the book jacket. Kennedy is the author of

several well-known novels such as Seix Barral, Roscoe and Cotton Club

(later made into a Richard Gere movie). He also wrote the screen play for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for which Jack Nicholson won an Oscar.

This globally recognized and honored writer, known for his love of Cuban art, has written a thoughtful and critical foreword of the book.

Jorge Reynardus

Chapter One is titled: Different Destinies: Cuban Artists Émigrés after the fall of the Soviet Union.  It will cover when, why and how he left Cuba, his immigrant experience,

education, professional life and his connection to the artists.

Reynardus is a board member of the Hispanic Federation and a Commissioner for New York

City’s Media and Entertainment Commission. He holds a MBA degree from the Harvard Business School and a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico.

Aldo Menendez (the book editor)

Chapter Two is titled: Boxing, Suicidal, and Malleable.

Aldo is a well-known Cuban artist who played a prominent role in the artistic movement of the 1980s in Cuba, he established a printing space titled “Taller Portocarrero” that became a home for most of the artists as well as a place for innovation in the Cuban art scene. Aldo’s essay will cover the story of the various important groups of the era. He will also frame the historical and socio political context of the period.

Chapter Two starts with an introduction written by Norberto Fuentes.

Fuentes is the author of Hemingway in Cuba and The Autobiography of Fidel Castro.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Chapter Three is titled: Diaspora, Metonymy, and The Cuban Imagination 

Poet, writer, critic, art lecturer and curator, Ricardo wrote Outside of Cuba which covers the earlier immigrant artists from Cuba. His essay will discuss the most recent work of the artists in the book and his projection for the future

Gerardo Mosquera

Chapter Four is titled: The New Cuban Art

Gerardo Mosquera, a curator and art critic based in Havana, Cuba. Mosquera was curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. His publications include several books on art and art theory. He is the current artistic director (2011–2013) of PhotoEspaña, Madrid. His essay is an edited version of a chapter in the book Postmodernism and the Postsocialist Condition University of California Press

Nina Menocal

Chapter Five is titled: Recollections…Ninart: The Early Years

Nina is featured in Claudia Herstatt’s, Women Gallerists of the 20th and 21st Centuries as one of the 30 most important gallerists in the world. Nina is a great granddaughter of a former Cuban president and resides in Mexico City. Nina’s essay will cover the Cuban artists living in Mexico and how Mexican culture has influenced their work.

Dennys Matos

Chapter Six is titled: Between Cuba and Spain: Art beyond the Marginsdeals with those Cuban artists who migrated to Europe, and particularly Spain. 

Dennys Matos, a highly respected Cuban author and critic residing in Spain, will write about this group. Dennys’s most recent book, Paisajes-Metaforas de Nuestro Tiempo, studies contemporary art and culture post communism.

Janet Batet

Chapter Seven is titled: Salpeter. Some notes on Cuban art outside of Cuba

Janet Batet, a prominent art critic living in Miami. Batet writes for the Miami Herald and contributes work for Art Nexus, Art Pulse, Arte al Día, Art Experience NYC and Art District. She will contribute an essay narrating many of the incredible efforts carried out by some of these artists to leave Cuba

Silvia Pedraza

Chapter Eight is titled: Art, Politics, Exile: The Generation of the ‘80s in Cuba

Silvia Pedraza, PhD, a sociologist from the University of Michigan. Her most recent book is Political Disaffection in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus. Dr. Pedraza is an expert on the subject of Cuban immigrants; she will contribute an essay based on interviews of selected artists

The Writers