Reynier Leyva Novo
Reynier Leyva Novo (born 1983) of Havana, Cuba graduated from the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts in 2003, studied at the Higher Art Institute from 2004 to 2008, served as chair of the Behavior Art program directed by Tania Brugera in 2007.
He has participated in significant group exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennial Arte 10: 31st Pontevedra Biennial in Galicia, Spain; and, National Hispanic Center Art Museum in Alburquerque, New Mexico. In 2011, Novo was the sole Cuban artist chosen for the 54th Venice Bienniale.
Message From La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban Artists31 Aug - 21 Sep 2012Cuban artists today have the extraordinary good fortune of being their society’s super stars. In a society isolated from the industrialized world with travel restrictions for the average citizen, artists in Cuba make up an elite group that are allowed to travel abroad and make a living from their art...
Spotlight: Cuban ArtJosé Ángel Vincench & Ibrahim Miranda June 5, 2021International awareness of the persecution of Cuban artists has ebbed and flowed for decades. The latest chapter of this story was the momentous, globally-backed release of 33-year-old Cuban dissident Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara this week. An opinion columnist at the Wall Street Journal analyzed his release, noting America’s romanticized interested in Fidel Castro’s regime that obscured years of silent struggle: 'Intellectuals have long celebrated the revolutionary chic of Fidel Castro because he was anti-American. Never mind that Cuba violently suppresses thought and creativity....The despots’ playbook for six decades has been...