Havana Biennial: A Look Inside ISA’s Printmaking Studio

HAVANA—Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), a prestigious fine arts university, was one of the venues for Havana Beinnial. Beyond the official biennial exhibits, the talent of ISA students was evident in completed projects and work-in-progress in various studios throughout the visual arts school. In the printmaking studio, students produce engravings, wood cuts and lithographs and have access to an historic resource—an archive of hundreds of lithography stones.

In April, Cuba Now published an interview with Aliosky García Sosa, a young Cuban artist and curator who recently organized a printmaking exhibit at ISA. Sosa said: “Printmaking in Cuba has a long and rich tradition, ranging from the tobacco seals of the 19th century to books like Viaje pintoresco por la Isla de Cuba by Eduardo Laplante and the views of Havana taken by the English, all done in lithography.”

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All photos by Arts Observer

Above, Graphic tree prints. Top of page, The print studio has an archive of hundreds of lithography stones. A print made from one of the stones is at left, above.

The equipment and wood cuts that were used to make the prints in the previous photo.

Wide view of lithography stone archive.

A display of lithography stones for tobacco seals.

Detail of lithography stone archive.

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