On December 5 2013 Galleria Siete-7 opened on the lobby level of Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The new gallery has been established for an exclusive limited-time exhibition featuring an outstanding collection of contemporary art from the studios of seven important Cuban artists. This art has never been seen together outside of the island nation and will provide Canadians an opportunity at home to be part of the Cuban art wave that has already taken hold in Europe. Thirty-five pieces have been flown to Toronto to be shown in the new Galleria Siete-7 that has been established for this exclusive show in the lobby level of the prestigious downtown hotel. “The Fairmont Royal York is located in the heart of this multi-cultural city of Toronto, and we are proud to be hosting important cultural artwork from Cuban artists,” explains Tim Morrison, Hotel Manager. The Fairmont Royal York’s gracious Upper Canada Room will also host an exclusive Artists’ Reception sponsored by the gallery and show’s sponsors 360 VOX Corporation, Dundee Corporation and Norton Rose Fulbright and the website VisitCuba.com.
The organizer of this landmark art event is the Cuban International Cultural Council (CICC), a non-profit group established by 360 VOX to facilitate opportunities for Cubans to share their exciting cultural scene with the rest of the world. “Cuba’s greatest resource is its people – and its artists have a unique voice recognized by a growing number of collectors worldwide. We are proud to bring this collection of works to North America so that Canadians and visitors may appreciate their quality and depth “ says Guy Chartier, CICC’s President. Rafael Acosta de Arriba, a leading artistic curator and academic authority in Cuba and beyond has gathered the 35 pieces for sale to both aficionados and those just discovering Cuban art. Acosta has prepared a detailed 72-page Catalog of the works including biographies and extensive commentary on today’s contemporary art on the Island Nation that will be available at the Galleria Siete-7 and online. More information and detailed viewing is available on the www.siete.ca website. The sponsors and CICC are excited to welcome the art enthusiasts of Toronto and the world to Galleria Siete-7.