Visual Arts in Las Tunas, Cuba
Many consider Las Tunas the mecca of the national sculpture movement. Encounters between the most illustrious sculptors of the Revolutionary Period were held here, resulting in the agreement of donating pieces to embellish the province. This led to the Sculpture movement’s posterior boom.
On June 25, 1982, the now late Cuban sculptor Rita Longa inaugurated in Las Tunas the first sculpture museum-workshop in the country to show what the plastic artists were doing back then.
The Antilles Fountain
This sculpture has become the symbol of the city. It belongs to the sculptor Rita Longa Arostegui and was inaugurated in 1977. This piece symbolizes the legend of the Cacique Jaias, told by the Colon’s chronicler, Pedro de Angleria, which narrates the birth of the Antilles. Four connected figures, supported with difficult balance on aquatic plants, hold the pumpkin, symbol of the myth.
Gallery Sculpture Workshop Rita Longa, unique in Cuba
A space to create, to live, to feel the art. A place where you can make your own work appear as magic in your hands, and appreciate how, from children to adults, they model their own sculpture in the art of crafts.
The Rita Longa Gallery, in Las Tunas, brings together Cuba's largest collection of small format sculptures. In it, works of Cuban artists of the stature of Rita Longa, Sergio Martínez, José A. Diaz Peláez, Alberto Lescay, Angel Iñigo, Herminio Escalona, Rafael Ferrero, Armando Echevarria, Rogelio Ricardo, among others.