“Cuba on My Mind,” an exhibition that provides a rare glimpse into Cuba’s prolific art scene, closes Saturday, April 30. Eduardo Roca Salazar, known affectionately as Choco, is traveling from Havana to attend the closing ceremonies, which take place from 1-4 p.m. The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center provides the following biographical information on this colorful artist:
“Eduardo Roca Salazar “Choco”
“Choco (short for Chocolate, his nickname) was born in the province of Santiago de Cuba in Southeastern Cuba. His family moved to Havana when he was a boy. He is a graduate of the the Escuela de Instructores de Arte (Art Instructor’s School) and the Escuela Nacional de Arte (National Art School). Choco pursued postgraduate studies at the Facultad de Artes y Letras of the Universidad de La Habana (University of Havana, College of Arts and Letters) and he taught graduate level printmaking courses in academic institutions in Santiago de Cuba; Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia; the Island of Mallorca and in Galicia in Northern Spain. He is a member of the Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (National Union of Writers and Artists), the Taller Experimental de Gráfica (Studio of Experimental Graphics) in Havana and the Asociación Internacional de Artes Plásticos (International Association of the Visual Arts).
“Collagraph printing is Choco’s primary focus. It is an intaglio or relief method. The word collagraph comes from the union of two words, collage and graphic, implying a connection between the method of construction and subsequent printing of an image. A collagraph plate is made in the manner of a collage: cutting and pasting paper and other textural elements such as chair chaining. After applying ink to the collagraph plate and covering it with a moistened sheet of fresh paper, Choco and his studio team then move it through the printing press. The complete print is then set on a drying rack. Choco creates his collagraphs in very limited editions of from four to six prints.
“Choco has had a number of one-person exhibitons since 1976 in Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Sweden, Japan, Paris, London and San Francisco. His work is held in public collections around the world including the Fundación Miró, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Ludwing Foundation, Germany; African Museum, Chicago; Museo de la Estampa, Mexico City; Museo de Querétaro, Mexico; Museum of the University of Tama, Japan; Museum of Kochi, Japan and the Fine Arts Museum, Havana, Cuba.”
The Naples Art Association cordially invites everyone to meet Choco in person and get one final glimpse at the exhibition that has the whole community talking Cuban art.