My grandfather used to decorate our home with reproductions –made by himself– of aboriginal petroglyphs. Canvases filled with abstract geometrical shapes made by indigenous peoples in Cuban caves. Was is art? Was it Cuban?From Jose Nicolas de la Escalera to Tania Bruguera are three centuries, many artistic movements, and several art concept revolutions. Three centuries of Cuban art. Or should we go back to the natives? From the Spanish-born Victor Patricio de Landaluze to the Cuban-born universal Tomas Sanchez, what makes an artwork Cuban? Being made in Cuba or by Cubans? In Cuba by a foreigner or abroad by a Cuban? The eternal question. But the answer is: both. Landaluze and Sanchez’s works are equally considered Cuban. And there’s a century of distance among them both.

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