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Street Art in Cuba

Revolutionary mother and child in Cuba

Revolutionary mother and child in Cuba


In Cuba, I spent most of my time on the streets. It’s a Caribbean country with a laid-back vibe, whatever its international stereotype and ongoing political conflicts.

As you may know, I love street art. It captures my imagination because of its tendency to represent an undercurrent of rebellion. A symbol of authentic expression rather than corporate strategy or political manoeuvring.

That’s a naive point of view, of course, and I didn’t need to go to Cuba to find that out.

Yet I did go, years back in 2005, and these images have stayed with me ever since. Perhaps because I missed the chance to learn more about what they really meant. Perhaps because images of a mother, a baby and a weapon still surprise me.

Do they represent propaganda and state control? Or the passioned paintbrushes of someone who believed in their principles, with a fervent desire to share their vision with the world.

I never found out – and I regret that. But I still find them interesting – and I hope you do too.

Street Art in Cuba

Por la victoria - street art with flag in Cuba

Por la victoria – Cuba

Woman walks past street art in Cuba. Message reads "Lies"

Mentiras = Lies

Terrorism Plays on the Streets in Cuba

14 Responses to Street Art in Cuba

  1. Jenna April 14, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Wow…really interesting. All the images have such a strong message.

  2. Sophie April 14, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Very good selection. That first one – how Aleida March must have looked, perhaps…

  3. ayngelina April 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Nice work Abi, I really would love to get to Cuba soon.

  4. Michael Hodson April 17, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Really great stuff. I love street art also. Trying to sort a way to Cuba (I want to TRY to go legally, just to have the added story on how I pulled that off) sometime in the next year.

  5. Angela April 17, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Great photos, I too love street art!

  6. Abby April 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Wow. After living in Miami for four years (and I was just there last weekend), I’ve been obsessed with Cuba. I even booked so many trips for my bosses ten years ago when I worked at Reuters down there. Loved these pics — and was so happy to meet you!

  7. Andrea April 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    These are fantastic! Every time I see photos of Cuba there is so much political signage and artwork. We really want to get there, especially now that I have an Australian passport and don’t have to worry.

  8. Juno April 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Outstanding. Nice capture Abi! Streetarts are really speaking their society and their color.

  9. Nancie April 19, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    Great art…definitely portrays the atmosphere of the country.

  10. Abi April 26, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Thanks for all your comments. I’d highly recommend a trip to Cuba if you can pull it off (depending upon your passport ;) )
    It offers such a different view of life – and it’s absolutely beautiful.

  11. Henry Williams July 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Great post those are some interesting images and the last thing I thought Cuba was , was a laid back place

    • Abi July 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Like every country, there will be places that aren’t laid back. Yet on the whole (and certainly compared to the UK,) Cuba really does have a laid back vibe. Children play in the streets, people sit on outdoor balconies chatting, doors and windows are open and salsa & Cuban son filters through the streets on most afternoons…

  12. Federico October 6, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Cuba…an interesting country, have mixed feelings about it. I think I´d like to go back and explore further…but it should be soon!

    • Abi March 15, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      Yes, I know what you mean. I have very mixed feelings about it – but it would be great to go back soon. I can’t imagine that things will stay as they are for much longer…