Salvador Gonzáles Escalona

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Salvador at work in "Callejón de Hamel" with his painting "Makuto" (2008).

Salvador Gonzáles Escalona, born October 21, 1948,in Camagüey, Cuba, and died 16 of april 2021 in Havana, Cuba , was a Cuban painter, muralist and sculptor. His artist name is Salvador.

His work is known as an "afro-cuban" style. He describes his work as a mix of surrealism, cubism and abstract art.

Salvador has no formal art education, but as early as in 1968 he had his first art exhibition "Arte Popular Cubano" in "Museo de Artes Decorativas", Havana.

In the 1980s he had a series of art exhibitions at Cuba. In 1986 he had an exhibition at Seychelles and in 1987 an exhibition in Rome, Italy.

Callejón de Hamel[edit]

Detail from Callejón de Hamel. 23°8′19.792″N 82°22′30.328″W / 23.13883111°N 82.37509111°W / 23.13883111; -82.37509111

April 21, 1990 Escalona started with murals and sculptures in the alleyway Callejón de Hamel, near University of Havana. For sculptures he used scrap objects like bathtubs, hand pumps, pin wheels etc., and for the murals he used different kind of available paint, including car enamel.

Even though the first four years became difficult, he was inspired by local inhabitants and visitors to continue his work, and little by little, the street was transformed from a slum area to an enthusiastic Afro-Cuban centre.

Today there are workshops for young Cuban children to learn painting. Every Sunday there are rumba performances, and every Friday Cuban music in the street.

This is still Salvador's artistic headquarter.

Later exhibitions[edit]

From 1990 he is represented at various exhibitions at Cuba. From 1992 he had several exhibitions abroad:




  • 1994 -

Puerto Rico[edit]

United States[edit]



Besides several murals at Cuba, he has done murals abroad:


  • 1991 - "El Hijo del Sol", 350 m2 - Hotel Caracas Hilton


  • 1992 - Florø


  • 1993 - "Ancestros" - Centro Multicultural, Xochimilco. Invited by Dr. Fèlix Zurita Ochoa
  • 1994 - "Sol de America" - Museo Antropologico de Querétaro, Institudo Indigenista Otomi, Universidad Autonomica


  • 1995 - "Madre Agua", "Solidaritetshuset", Copenhagen
  • 1996 - "Deidales del Mar" - Vejle

United States[edit]

  • 1995 - "La Roca del Amor" - The Johnson State College, Vermont + a mural in Arizona
  • 1996 - "El muerto pare el Santo" + "Iku Lobi Osha" - California + "La creacion de Obbatala ante el dios del Camino" - New Jersey (Roosevelt elementary school) + "El dios del Camino" - New York (Washington Square Preschool)
  • 1998 - "El framboyan" - New York (El Museo del Barrio)
  • 2000 - "Mariposas del Caribe" - Philadelphia
  • 2001 - "Una Flor para Africa" - Philadelphia

St. Martin[edit]

  • 1996 - Hospitality center, Alburquerque

Puerto Rico[edit]

  • 1998 - "Orilla frente al Mar" + "Rumba" + "Rumba en la Rumba" + "De un solo pajaro las dos alas"



Besides several sculptures at Cuba:


  • 1994 - "La ganga y la Llave" - Randers
  • 1996 - "Yemaya Olokun" - Vejle


Several video-interviews is produced by Cuban TV and by others. 2002 the 79 minutes documentary "A Cuban Legend: The Story of Salvador González" was produced by Bette Wanderman.