I will be out of the country between May 10th and June 4th, and so will not be shipping or open for visitors at the gallery. The Indigo Arts website will be active as always. I will respond to emails as soon as possible. I will be able to ship orders after June 4th, 2024.

Note:
With the high cost of shipping many of our customers choose to ship by USPS. For small and light shipments this is usually less expensive, but please be aware that their estimates are often wrong. The service is not always as economical as it may appear, particularly on larger or more valuable shipments. USPS estimates only include insurance up to $100 for its domestic shipments, and varying amounts for overseas shipments. If you ask for full insurance we will recalculate the shipping cost and send you an invoice for any difference in cost.

Cuba

Indigo Arts exhibits the work of a wide range of Cuban artists, most of them self-taught. Collecting this work introduced us to a large and diverse country, its art and its artists, which are at once tantalizingly close and shamefully unfamiliar to us. We are excited and gratified by the work we have found in Cuba, and are pleased to be able to bring it to a new audience. In March 2009 we hosted Visiones 2: New Art from Cuba, our sixth show of work from Cuba. In October 2003 we celebrated the third year of the city-wide El Festival Cubano with a new exhibit of Cuban art, featuring the work of José Garcia Montebravo, José Fuster and others. In the fall of 2001 we exhibited a new collection of work by self-taught painters at our Philadelphia gallery as part of the first El Festival Cubano celebration. In the fall of 2002 we participated again, with Por un Mundo Mejor/For a Better World, an exhibition of the artists of Grupo Bayate, from Santiago de Cuba. Artists Luis "El Estudiante" Rodriguez and Roberto Lameda were present at the opening reception on October 4, 2002.

Our collection includes work from such old masters as the late Ruperto Jay Matamoros from Havana and the feisty old ‘primitivista’ painter Abel Perez Mainegra from the historic colonial town of Trinidad. Chomping on a large cigar, he explained to us the story of each of his intensely populated historical paintings, and his portraits of Fidel, Jesus, Jose Marti and others. But we found many exciting newer and/or younger painters as well, ranging from Pelly (Pedro Blanco Aroche) in the far western state of Pinar del Rio to the father and son artists Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Arias and Luis Joaquin Rodriguez Ricardo from near Santiago de Cuba in the far Oriente (featured in the June 11, 2000 New York Times article, “Ebullient Cubans Make a Lot Out of a Little”).

The collection gives particular emphasis to the work of artists from the southern Cuban city of Cienfuegos, including Fito (Adolfo Flores Gonzalez), Arnaldo Garcia Rodriguez, José Garcia Montebravo, Jorge Sanfiel and Wayacon (Julian Espinosa). We went to Cienfuegos in search of painter José Garcia Montebravo, whose haunting, spiritual work we exhibited at Indigo Arts the last two years. His work is permeated with images of infantas, orishas and the mysteries of santeria. We were fortunate to meet not only Montebravo but a group of other self-taught artists. Painter Fito was showing his comical paintings on the theme of “erotismo”at a cooperative gallery. We found the delicate and fanciful paintings of Jorgé Sanfiel and work by Cuba’s wildest outsider of all, Wayacon. His enigmatic mixed-media paintings incorporate melted wax, wood, and even spoons, as well as paint on canvas. To read more about our experience in Cuba, with photographs of Cuba and several of the artists read our Notes from Cuba from our March 2000 visit.

Escenas Fantasticas, was dedicated to the work of José Montebravo, who passed away in 2010.