Thursday night I had a chance to meet a talented artist named Rick Blanco, from California. He’s an exhibitor here at Cuba Nostalgia for the first time this year and fell in love with his work. Here’s a picture of my favorite piece in his exhibit it’s called El Cubanazo del 1933.
If it looks familiar to you that’s because it was inspired by a famous 1933 photo called “Citizen of Havana” by Walker Evans. But in Rick’s version the citizen is actually part of the Cuban flag. If you look closely you can see that he is, in fact, the star in the field of red.
That image also inspired Andy Garcia to include a similarly attired gentleman in the opening and closing sequences of The Lost City.