A Visit to Alexis Leyva Machado’s (Kcho) Studio

Cuban Art Rachel Sukman Alexis Leyva Machado's studio in Havana is surrounded by a high wall with a large iron gate bearing stylized letters spelling the artist's nickname , Kcho . On the stone wall leading to the gate is a cluster of symbols : two bronze impressions created by the artist on the revolution celebrations ( one marks its 55 th anniversary and the other–its 60 th ) , accompanied by the slogan "Viva la revolución , " and next to them–a painted Cuban ֳ ag . All of these are supplemented by a giant sign announcing : "free Wi-Fi" ( quite an unusual luxury in Cuba ) . A woman welcomes us into the studio lobby , explaining that the artist had traveled to Baracoa where Hurricane Matthew hit , and asks us to shorten our visit . The studio itself consists of nine large work spaces ; the extraordinary drawing skill of the 46-year old artist–on papers , canvases , and the walls themselves–is discernible in all of them . Finished works await in each room , either before or after exhib...  אל הספר
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