Rad A. Drew Photography: Gallery, Cuban Painter, Roly Castelliny

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Gallery, Cuban Painter, Roly Castelliny

Roly and his painting,  commissioned by the Sri Lankan Ambassador

Cuban artist, Roly Castelliny's paintings can be seen here and in his gallery in Old Havana. To learn more about Roly and his work, see my blog post, here.

Roly Castelliny in his home in Old Havana, standing next to one of his paintings.
Roly lives in Old Havana, Cuba. It's the oldest part of Havana and at one time was one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today, many of this historical architecture is crumbling and home to some of the poorest people in the city. Many of Roly's paintings are about life in Old Havana. His steet scenes of buildings and people, with laundry drying and strays in the streets capture the feeling of what it's like to experience these streets today.

Of the works below, many are already sold. Roly is constantly creating new work and accepting commissions. His work hangs in the Sri Lank Embassy in Havana, and is owned by the Chancellor of Portugal. Portugal's president, Marcela Rebelo de Sousa, has expressed interest in his work, and he is in private collections around the world.

Being an artist in Cuba is more challenging than being an artist in many other parts of the world. There is not only economic hardship, but also difficulty obtaining art supplies. There is frequently no oil paint for Roly to purchase.

I've been traveling to Cuba twice a year since I met Roly, and each time I go, I carry art supplies to him. When I know of friends going to Cuba, I send supplies with them. 

If you would like to contribute to a fund for art supplies to keep Roly painting, expressing his passion, and supporting his family, you can make a donation below. I will use the funds to purchase supplies and get them to him when I visit twice this November.

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