Pinar del Río is the birthplace of one of the greatest exponents of the Cuban painting. The work of the neoexpressionist Pedro Pablo Oliva is characterized by a mastery of color, a great chromatic diversity and his mostly socio-political themes.
Oliva has developed almost all his work in Pinar del Río, and promoted the cultural development of the younger generations. In 1998, he founded the House-Workshop Pedro Pablo Oliva, at Calle Martí No. 160, in order to promote art, literature and culture in his local province; reason why he has received numerous awards from several institutions in Cuba.
Currently, this house is used as workshop and centre of his creations. Under the motto: “Strictly forbidden to stop dreaming”, the Oliva’s studio welcomes visitors by appointment. You will enjoy works even unexposed in museum or galleries, loaded with a strong socio-political sense that evade the government's vision.
With some luck, visitors can see Oliva in the creative process, sitting in front of the easel with a half-finished work, as long as the shy genius does not take refuge in his comfort zone, in the drawing room.
Karla Padrón Nardiz