About this tour

Cubaism's Professional Week tour, grounded in the artistic, political, social and historical context of the island, will set the scene for the trip through a series of talks, studio tours and gallery tours, introducing the framework in which Cuban contemporary art has flourished. The trip provides participants with the exclusive opportunity to meet and greet artists and other influential figures in the Cuban art world. Giving attendees the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant Cuban culture, Cuba Art Tours invites you to explore Cuba's kaleidoscopic art scene.

The tour will begin with a short lecture from Cuban Art History professor María de los Ángeles Pereira. Following this we will travel through a Cuban art historical narrative with a guided tour to the National Museum of Fine Arts, starting with the establishment of the fine arts under Spanish colonial rule exploring the ostentation styles, reflecting delicate European Romanticism and simultaneously the striking Baroque. The gallery progresses from Colonial art all the way through to Cuban Post-Revolutionary art from the 1990s. Following an introduction to the foundations of the Cuban art scene, Cubartours will begin by exploring the works of post-Revolution masters such as Lesbia Vent Dumois, Nelson Domínguez and Manuel Mendive amongst others. The Tour will then follow the development of Cuban Art through the 80s and 90s, with trips to the studios of celebrated contemporary artists. Finally, it shall also provide an insight into the youngest and brightest Cuban artists of the moment. The Art Tour provides a rare and perfectly curated opportunity to experience the pulsating life of Cuban art and artists, immersing oneself into the surroundings in which contemporary Cuban art was born.

Through the duration of the tour, artists will invite you into the spaces in which their creative process takes place. Interacting with artists will no doubt bring works to life and create a more intimate understanding between participants, individual artists and their works.

The professional tours include a host of special events including receptions at the British Ambassador's residence, cocktails at the Nacional, private receptions in the hotel allocated and exclusive exhibition openings organised specifically for the professional tours.

Not missing out on the scintillating city of Havana itself, Cubartours, working with Cubaism, will integrate vintage car tours of the city and other exciting activities, giving participants the unique opportunity to live the vibrant Cuban street and nightlife, to fully embrace the Real Cuban experience. 

The price of the tour includes hotel accommodation, transport, lunch and dinner. It excludes the cost of flight, tourist card and any extra food and drink. Prices will vary according to hotel availability and selection. Private sector accommodation is also readily available if required. 

Hotel options include: 

Hotel Santa Isabel

Hotel Palacio del Marques de San Felipe

Hotel Saratoga

Hotel Memories Miramar

Hotel H10 Panorama  

Hotel Gran Caribe Inglaterra

Hotel Four Points By Sheraton Havana

The itineraries below are subject to change in line with artist availability. For more information please get in touch with jasmine@cubaism.com

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Food and Drink

O'Reilly 304

Specialising in gins, it is one of the only Gin Bar-Restaurants in Havana, its decorative and thematic inspiration coming from an East London hipster style bar.

La Guarida

La Guarida, one of Havana's most important and critically acclaimed restaurants lies in the heart of the city, in Centro Habana.

Paladar Los Mercaderes

This private restaurant in a historic building has to be one of Cuba's most refined paladares for ambience, service and food, both Cuban and international.

La Fontana Havana

La Fontana Havana Restaurant is located in the splendid area of ​​Miramar, in Havana. It is one of the most exquisite restaurants in the city that specializes in dishes of traditional Cuban cuisine.

Le Chansonnier

If one word could describe Le Chansonnier it would be chic. Having reopened in 2011 under the watchful eyes of Hector Higueras, Le Chansonnier’s previously rustic and antique filled interiors have been turned into a white cube type space.

Doña Eutimia

Doña Eutimia, located in the heart of Old Havana, has stolen the hearts of many who have walked through its doors. Run by the loving and highly respected Leticia Abad, the restaurant has been open since 2012 and consists of only 40 seats.

El Cocinero

El Cocinero opened in February 2013 and immediately became a landmark restaurant in Havana.

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happy customers

The tour was incredible -the most enjoyable thing I did in Havana. The artists you guys chose were so interesting and it was nice to see the broad spectrum of art in Cuba. I'm so happy I booked this, all the girls were so friendly and knowledgeable.

Taleen Setrakian

Jasmine curated one of the most incredible arts experiences we've had. Anyone who is a genuine art lover and interested in connecting with the source of these works should go on a tour. It is truly an elevated experience--5 stars all around!

Karla Braun

The tour was insightful and interesting. We had the rare experience to see works of art up close and personal, as well as the chance to discuss those works with the artists themselves. An experience I never would have had if it were not for this tour.

Natasha Persun