Cuban 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 by selling to collectors and curators who live outside their heavily controlled political world. The Cuban regime considers their artists to be the cultural wealth of the country, and therefore they are allowed to travel and represent Cuba on educational and cultural endeavors.
All of the artists exhibited in Message From La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban Artist long to bridge the gap between Cuba and the outside world. As Ramos says, “It is as if everyone is waiting for a future where Cuba is free to be part of the world.”