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Oscar García Rivera

by artdezurama , September 9, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: art, cuban painter, freedon of expression, oscar garcia rivera

Oscar Garc__a Rivera, a painter who like Rockwell here in America, illustrated everyday life in Cuba; thought he received broad recognition during the 40s and 50s, both in Cuba and here in the United States, seemed to disappear into thin air.

The reason is an unbelievable as what the Castro regime did to him. According to his family in Havana, Garc__a Rivera continued to paint during the 60s, everyday life in Cuba, but he did it in a way that didn't please the new government. His work was sent to the baseman of The Museo de Bellas Artes, where it remains since then. He was incarcerated and his hands were broken and his tendons damaged so he couldn't paint anymore.

In the 1960s his festive and colorful peaceful urban depictions of that beautiful Island were replaced by the new reality of a people who's life's had been changed forever, and that was unacceptable to the regime. Oscar Garc__a Rivera died in 1971, alone and forgotten; he is believed to have committed suicide.

This is just one tragic story out of thousands coming out of Cuba.



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