Havana Walls Brought to Life with Murals of Wide-Eyed Children

Ariadna Herrera, 6, poses for Cuban artist Maisel Lopez as he paints the wall of a state art gallery in Havana, April 18, 2017.
Ariadna Herrera, 6, poses for Cuban artist Maisel Lopez as he paints the wall of a state art gallery in Havana, April 18, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

April 21, 2017 |”A mural is constantly in interaction with the public,” said Lopez, inspired by Jose Marti’s words, “children are the hope of the world.”

The gigantic black and white portraits of children started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez.

The sober, finely painted portraits contrast with Cuba’s colorful vintage cars and the pink, apricot and turquoise paint on eclectic architecture.

With nearly 30 murals completed, Lopez said he is only getting started on his “Colossi” series.

“I want to keep expanding further afield,” said Lopez, 31, who started painting the walls of homes and shops in his home district of Playa and is now completing his first mural in neighboring Marianao.

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