the friend online
12 December 2008


An interview with Juan - preview
Cuban history formed Juan, formed his art
  • Like so many immigrants, vivid memories of their arrival in the new country are passed on: the religious grandmother from the Canary Islands who ensured his middle name was Teodolu, the Greek saint whose name day coincided with Juan’s birthday
  • The Galician grandfather who arrived at the end of the nineteenth century, part of an effort in Spain to bring in more white people, said Juan: the authorities were afraid of revolts, of the increase in the black population following the recent liberation of slaves
  • They settled a major tobacco growing area, strong in trade unions, fighters for the emancipation of all, for Cuban independence, but very aware of the power that the USA had over this island only ninety miles from Florida
  • In 1952 there was the Batista coup – a government anti-art, anti-modern, uncultured – and when Juan got a scholarship to the Escuela Provincial de Arte, his maintenance grant was never paid until Castro’s revolution when the revolutionary government improved buildings, supplied materials and enabled young artists to engage with foreign art through things as basic as subscriptions to art journals

  • Anne Hosking

    This is a preview of the full article - to see the whole thing, or to post a comment you need to login, or alternatively you could try a free sample!


    This week's .pdf
    In this week's online edition... rss edition

    News round-up
    Quakers debate the big issues
    Caroline Westgate and Daphne Stedman
    'Merry Global Warming'
    Stuart Donnan
    Michael Oppenheim and Robin Hawes
    Films, violence and us
    Zoë Ainsworth-Grigg
    Cuban artist exhibits at Friends House
    Rowena Loverance
    An interview with Juan
    Anne Hosking
    Does God respond to prayer?
    Philip Barron
    Books in brief
    Greta McGough
    Quaker chairs with a story?
    Roland Carn
    Letters extra

    Things to do, where to stay, people to see etc...

    download this issue

    save this page

    most recent comments:
    Letters, Ala
    Quaker approach to business under the spotlight, David Hitchin
    Tackling the pay gap from both ends, anonymous poster
    Some more equal than others?, anonymous poster
    Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
    Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
    The centrality of worship, Andrew Hatton, Maldon LM, Essex
    In the care of the Meeting?, chrissie hinde
    Lockerbie grief and justice, Jennifer Barraclough
    The centrality of worship, Peter Arnold
    The top ten reasons (plus three) why bottled water is a blessing, Fee Berry
    Letters, David Hitchin
    Marriage and committed relationships, Fee Berry
    George Fox and same gender partnership, Chris Bagley
    Marriage and committed relationships, Chris Bagley
    Meeting for meditation?, Barry
    Meeting for ‘weorthscipe’?, Gerard Guiton
    Report shows that all is not well in multicultural Britain, chrissie hinde
    Johann Sebastian Bach and the Jews, Peter Arnold
    Prisons: our growth industry, Peer Arnold

    Save on your phone bills with:
    the phone co-op - your voice counts