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A Cuban contemporary art rising star, Niels Reyes

By Carl Wallace / Posted March 10, 2014


Hechizo de luna II 2013

Hechizo de luna II 2013

Niels Reyes in HavanaOne of the brightest lights in the booming contemporary art scene in Cuba is Niels Jenri Reyes Cadalso a relative newcomer who is gathering enthusiasts both at home and around the world.


Born in Santa Clara, Niels graduated in painting from the Cuban University of Arts (Instituto Superior de Arte) in 2006 and since 2008 has been exhibiting both in Cuba and elsewhere. In 2009 He was part of exhibitions in Mexico, Finland and Spain; in 2010 he was part of the Cairo Biennial in Egypt and was exhibited in Miami. In 2012 he was artist in residence at BMUK in Vienna and was exhibited in Berlin and Genoa as well as at the Havana Biennial.


In July 2013, Niels curated an exhibition Memento Mori/Joie de Vivre in Spain and In December 2013 was in Toronto Canada as part of Siete-7, an exhibition of seven of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists. Niels’ work is now part of several major collectors in the USA, Europe and Canada.

Niels in Toronto, December 2013

Niels in Toronto, December 2013


Recently, Niels moved into a permanent studio in the Nuevo Vedado district of Havana.  He is married to Aliuska Mayans, a photographer and painter of note, and has one child. His work reflects his sincere dedication to the arts. “My paintings express the anxiety that creates our culture, the contradictions of my generation and the human condition itself. The role of art in our reality is complex and difficult to define. Our art is now more diverse and open but still is not strong influence in society.”





Carl Wallace