Carlos Garaicoa

born 1967


Carlos Garaicoa (born 1967) is a Cuban contemporary artist, specializing in photography and installations. Garaicoa became a prominent Cuban artist in the nineteen-nineties after a massive exodus of artists who had played a decisive role in the Cuban art movement of the nineteen-eighties. His pieces often carry social and political commentaries about life in Havana. Garaicoa's work is known to draw on post-modernist theory to connect aesthetics to meaning within urban spaces and architecture.

The Cuban artists of this time period included Alexandre Arrechea, Marcos Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez, Fernando Rodríguez, and Sandra Ramos. Theses artists are known for incorporating 'artisanal techniques' such as carpentry into their works. Garaicoa often analyzes and draws on architecture as an artisanal technique. Garaicoa along with the other artists of the time period were the first to emphasize using the city of Havana as a central space for their art.

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