The artist Ernesto Benítez -professor of Art and Anthropology- was invited by the plastic artist, designer and professor Liván Padilla to share a classroom teaching at the ISDi (Instituto Superior de Diseño) in Havana. In the first class of the course, both professors talked about the techniques of handmade printing (Xylography, Intaglio, Lithography…) techniques used in artistic engraving.
Twelve years after its presentation at CENCREM (in the context of the 10th Havana Biennial), Samsara, a multimedia environmental installation (environmental art) that Ernesto Benítez designed as a site specific art installation in 2009, continues to be included in Cuban contemporary art projects. As you know, Ernesto Benítez is a multidisciplinary visual artist with a…
By Eduardo Albert Santos
Ernesto Benítez’s artistic production has gradually become oriented toward a particularly topical issue. In the present circumstances, the collapse of existence drawn in terms of coherence, stability, confidence in the future, leads to the image of the broken and fragmented human being, dislocated with himself and his environment, doubtful of his own subjectivity, which he fears or in which he is consumed without a pertinent way out.