Agustín Gainza

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Agustin Stewart Gaínza was born in Havana, Cuba on November 28, 1943.[1]

Agustin Gaínza is a Cuban-American visual artist residing in Miami, Florida since 1979.

Originally he went by his father's surname of Stewart; the reason which led him to abandon it for his mother's maiden name, Gaínza, are closely related to his motive for going into exile.

Finding himself in disagreement with the political situation in Cuba, he made an attempt to escape to the United States by boat. This was and continues to be illegal, and having been apprehended by the Cuban authorities, he was sentenced to jail for two years in 1964.

Upon his release from prison, Gaínza pursued employment. However, due to his easily identifiable Anglo-Saxon name, the authorities had him turned away at once, in their discrimination of political dissenters.[citation needed] After being continually fired, he decided to use his mother's family name and continues to use it today. Thanks to his subterfuge he was able to find employment and return to school at San Alejandro Academy of The Arts.

In 1977 he became a founding member of the group 8 Versiones del Paisaje. This group was the first island-wide art group[citation needed] with the purpose of revitalizing the landscape art tradition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sicre, José Gómez (1987). Art of Cuba in exile. Editora Munder. p. 125. OCLC 17207338.