Enormous Street Art Portraits in Cuba


Street artists JR and José Parlá recently teamed up to create enormous and yet very intimate portraits of senior citizens who survived the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959). It's a continuation of a series called The Wrinkles of the City that JR started in Cartegena, Spain and that was recreated in Shanghai and Los Angeles.

This new iteration, based in Havana, Cuba, involved Parlá, who is of Cuban descent. French artist JR created the large portraits while Parlá added depth and beauty using calligraphic writings and color.

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York will be showing twelve of these large portraits in an upcoming exhibition starting May 7 and running till July 12.

Above photo credit: The Wrinkles of The City, La Havana, Alfonso Ramón Fontaine Batista, (collaboration between JR & José Parlá), Cuba, 2012


The Wrinkles of The City, La Havana, Alicia Adela Hernandez Fernández, (collaboration between JR & José Parlá), Cuba, 2012


The Wrinkles of The City, La Havana, Elio Milanés, (collaboration between JR & José Parlá), Cuba, 2012


The Wrinkles of The City, La Havana, Leda Antonia Machado, (collaboration between JR & José Parlá), Cuba, 2012

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery website
Images courtesy of Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

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Tags: art, city, cuba, havana, jr, wrinkles

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