Galería Cubana offers New England’s most comprehensive collection of contemporary Cuban art with rarely seen works by both internationally renowned and emerging artists currently living in Cuba. We showcase paintings, prints & drawings that encapsulate the cultural depth, aesthetic diversity and political edge unique to Cuban art.
Galería Cubana was first established in Provincetown, MA in 2007 and then expanded to a second location in Boston, MA in 2009. Our mission is to introduce artwork rarely seen in the United States, support artists on the island, and thereby strengthen cultural ties between the two countries.
Our mission is to introduce artwork rarely seen in the United States, support artists on the island, thereby strengthening cultural ties between the two countries.
Galería Cubana Owner & Director, Michelle Wojcik has been studying Cuban culture, politics and economics for over fifteen years. Prior to establishing the gallery, she worked with the World Policy Institute’s Cuba Project (2001-2004) in New York City. During her time with the WPI, she researched the political and economic effects of the U.S. embargo, and facilitated dialogue among leaders with varying perspectives on U.S.-Cuba policy.
With art as one of the few private enterprises permitted in Cuba since 1994, Wojcik wanted to support artists whose work would otherwise not be seen in the United States and present such work to an American population with limited exposure to Cuba's rich culture.
She now travels to Cuba regularly in search of new works and undiscovered talent. She regularly hosts Cuban artists for exhibitions at both the Boston and Provincetown galleries since the U.S. government began granting tourist visas to Cuban artists in April 2010. In addition, she has been leading groups of collectors to Cuba since 2012.
Ms. Wojcik has lectured on the history of Cuban art and the contemporary Cuban art market at several universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, Boston University, along with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Ms. Wojcik has Masters degrees from American University in Washington, DC and The New School for Social Research in New York City.
The legal basis for the importation of Cuban art is premised on the “Berman Amendment” enacted in 1988 that amended the Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) to exclude “informational materials” from the scope of TWEA sanctions. In 1989, in Cernuda v. Heavy, a federal court in Miami held that paintings of Cuban origin were “informational materials” and were therefore exempt from the scope of sanctions on Cuba.
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION:
The reproductions of works of art herein displayed are not to be duplicated for personal use, for distribution, nor for sale. Violators will be prosecuted.