Ever since my early days at School of Visual Arts, my life has revolved around art. I was fortunate enough to have studied with prominent artists including Richard Artschwager, Joseph Kosuth, Yvonne Rainer, David Gordon, Deborah Hey, Malcolm Morley, Steve Israel, Lawrence Alloway, Steve Reich, and Ed Emshwiller.

Throughout my long career in the music and art world, I have been surrounded by talented creatives in disciplines ranging from art to music to dance. I worked with Jean-Michel Basquiat (3 x 3: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Danny Rosen, and Wayne Clifford), Madonna (‘Everybody’) and Gipsy Kings, to name a few. Richard Hambleton rode over one day on his tiny bicycle carrying a huge stretched canvas. I bought it, and Green remains in my loft to this day.

I was also lucky enough to collaborate with several Cuban musicians and filmmakers along the way, notably Alexander Delgado and Juan Padrón (Vampires in Havana). From there I was exposed to the rich landscape of Cuban painters and sculptors, and my fascination with Cuban art was born. As a lifelong art collector, exposure to the vast expanse of the Cuban oeuvre was a revelation.

This inspired me to open Cuban Fine Arts Gallery in 2014 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My goal has been to foster better understanding and easier access to Cuba’s contemporary art world, which is rife with established and emerging talent. Not only do we feature works by renowned artists, we also greatly celebrate the next generation of talent. Our artists offer a diverse array of perspectives on the history, culture, and politics of Cuba, and that is what makes this collection unique.

Times are different now, but the fluidity of the creative world remains. I leave myself open to what moves me, whether it happens to be the melancholy brushstrokes of Kcho or the work of a young graffiti artist in Brooklyn. I am proud to say we represent Cuban artists as well as other artists residing around the world. Our collection currently includes works by Nelson Dominguez (National Prize of Visual Art winner) as well as Kcho, Francisco Nunez Martinez, Richard Hambleton, Jenny Okun, Nana Del Riego, Manuel Mendive, John Grande, ANNA!, MERKBBB, Carine Quadros, Gustavo del Valle, Aneli Pupo, Ed Steinberg, Lorenzo Holder, Cavier, and ?.

Ed Steinberg

Gallery Director


The Gallery is run by Ed Steinberg of New York City. Read ArtNet's interview with Ed here...

Steinberg’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum, NY: Guggenheim, NY; The New Museum, NY; Styrian Autumn Festival, Graz, Austria; Festival de Cine de San Sebastian, Spain; Festival D’Automne, Paris; Coopertiva Spazziozero, Rome; Gallery Waterio, Japan; Lugano Contemporary Music Festival; The Art Museum of the Nereum, Helsinki; Video ON- Cumune De Roma- Estate Romana; Walker Art Center; Institute of Contemporary Art- Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Aspen Center for the Visual Arts; Cervia Video Clips- Italy; High Museum of Art; The Kitchen, NY Shown/Curated show "Paysage du Clip" Music Videos As Art at Center George Pompidou, Paris and shown/ Curated at the Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburg and Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada. Steinberg is a well-known video and documentary director and producer in the music and art community.