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The art that runs through my veins

Yandy Santana | Cuba

spent working materials

Andrés Avelino Villa García is one of many Cuban artists who no longer does what he is passionate about; painting has long ceased to be the main means of economic support for this 76-year-old man. Self-taught, Villa, as he is known in the neighborhood, paints what springs from his imagination through dreams or patterns that he sees daily. His simple art, but full of messages and love, shows his inner world. of the. Villa not only explores naive art, he also makes engravings, carves wood and uses any available material, be it a tile from his roof, vinyl records, a piece of wood and even his own house is a witness to his art, since its walls form a large canvas where part of his work can be seen. Villa was immersed in a cultural project in his community where he sold his art to foreign visitors who came to Cuba in search of this genuine and natural art, but the decrease in foreign visitors was destroying the project and the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 ended up burying him.

Andrés Avelino Villa García is one of many Cuban artists who no longer does what he is passionate about; painting has long ceased to be the main means of economic support for this 76-year-old man. Self-taught, Villa, as he is known in the neighborhood, paints what springs from his imagination through dreams or patterns that he sees daily. His simple art, but full of messages and love, shows his inner world. of the. Villa not only explores Naive Art, he also makes engravings, carves wood and uses any available material, be it a tile from his roof, vinyl records from his old record player, a piece of wood and even his own house is a witness to his art, since its walls form a large canvas where part of his work can be seen. Villa was immersed in a cultural project in his community where he sold his art to foreign visitors who came to Cuba in search of this genuine and natural art, but the gradual decrease in foreign visitors was destroying the project and the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the planet ended up burying him, this phenomenon not only affected Villa but all the artists in my city who depend to a large extent on tourism to be able to market their works. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an economic crisis that already existed in my country and it is almost impossible for Villa to acquire new work tools to replace his worn-out brushes. Art is no longer the economic livelihood of this long-lived artist and now he is looking for other ways to survive in a country where economic inflation is higher every day and putting a plate of food on the table is a daunting task. The paints have dried up, his brushes no longer furrow the canvases, cobwebs cover his paintings, but his smile is still intact and his will to continue creating has not disappeared, art runs through his veins keeping his passion alive.

Email: martyanraw@gmail.com

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