One More Day of Cuba, Maybe

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After today, I will get back to talking about tech. Before I do, I have to tell you about a fantasyland we walked into in the fishing town of Jaimanitas, just on the outskirts of Havana. Our tour guide told us he wanted us to see the works of José Rodríguez Fuster, who is my age, born in August 1946, in Villa Clara, Cuba. Fuster is an artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving, and graphic design.

Everyone in my travel group couldn’t believe their eyes when we entered Jaimanitas, Fuster’s hometown. He turned it into a unique work of public art. It took him over ten years to rebuild and decorate the houses with ornate murals and domes to suit the personality of all the neighbors. Fuster even installed a chess park with giant boards and tables. Watch Fuster’s video.

We might not know him in the United States, but Fuster’s art is right up there with Gaudi in Barcelona or Brâncuși in the Romanian city of Targu Jiu. His work makes you happy. You don’t have to love contemporary art to love Fuster. You only have to love life.

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