By Luis Sanchez, Havana, Cuba, January 2018
In Trinidad, Cuba artist Yonelquis Rodriguez paints in a studio with one window and little light. His home is build in cobblestone, has no electricity, and is always closed after dark.
His artwork hangs around , because he has turned his craft into a small business. Contrary to many Cuban artists, he does not enjoy painting political figures, Rodriguez said.
“It’s not my thing, I do it because tourists like it and my preferred art is preserving Trinidad’s culture,” Rodriguez said.
He favors painting antiques, cobblestones areas, and famous singers known to Trinidad, but he rarely successfully sells them.
“Tourists enjoy buying paintings relating to Fidel and Che, because of their political impact,” Rodriguez said.
Art has been an interesting career for him, he said, although it’s tough to make a living, but he loves it.
“Let art live,” Rodriguez said.