Pinar del Rio is at the far western end of Cuba. It is the capital city of a province that shares the same name, and a region dominated by tobacco farms.
If you go
WHAT: The Art of Pinar del Rio, Cuba
WHEN: Through Dec. 29; a free lecture by artist- curator Reynier Llanes is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 7.
WHERE: The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 24 Prioleau St.
MORE INFO: www.city galleryat waterfrontpark.com; 958-6484.
The city once was called Nueva Filipinas because of the early influx of Filipino farmers and cigar makers. It was renamed Pinar del Río in 1774.
Among its natives is Charleston artist and resident Reynier Llanes who has curated a new exhibition on view at The City Gallery at Waterfront Park through Dec. 29.
The show includes works by more than a dozen Cuban artists, drawn from Llanes’ own collection.
These artists, all of whom have ties to Pinar del Rio, have been nurtured by the particular landscape and multicultural heritage of their province, Llanes says.
He began collecting and trading works with fellow artists while still in school. When Llanes left for the U.S. in 2007, he brought with him many of these paintings. He has continued to collect contemporary Cuban art in the years since.
This exhibition present works in a variety of styles, from representational landscape to abstract expressionism.
Artists represented include Llanes, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Ulises Bretana, Javier Ampudia, Livan Hernandez, Nelo Arquimides Lores, Yaciel Marinez, Danis Ozuna, Juan M. Suarez, Martha Camacho, Juan C. Morales and others.
The show is free. At 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Llanes will give a free lecture about his collection and the works on view.