Cuba, Portrait of a Revolution

Cuba: Portrait of a Revolution is an exhibition of ninety-five limited edition fine art prints that were created in 2003 by the late Cuban artist Antonio Canet Hernandez (1942–2008) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fidel Castro-led attack on the Moncada military barracks, considered by many to be the symbolic opening salvo to the Cuban Revolution. Canet’s hope was that the prints, known collectively as the Serie Moncada: Fidel Y El Moncada Visitos por Canet (Moncada Series: Fidel and the Moncada as seen by Canet), would help the world to understand the struggles and triumphs of the Cuban people and the Revolution.

Canet had a long and prolific career as an artist and designer, working in a variety of styles and formats throughout his lifetime. He began his career as a printer in 1959, working in the Department of Fine Art at the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces, and spent his artistic life in numerous projects, many collaborative and concerned with reviving the art of printmaking in Cuba. After living in Prague through most of the 1990s, Canet returned to Cuba in 1997 and settled in Regla, a borough of Havana, founding an art gallery and a program to teach local youth the principles of printmaking as a way of getting them off the streets.

Moncada is a set of prints numbered one through ninety- five, printed in black, red, and green ink on white paper to emphasize distinct historical phases: before, during, and after the revolution. Canet poured over historical photographs to create this complex tapestry of images, some of which are beautiful and full of hope, others disturbing. The work taken as a whole presents a realistic vision of the multifaceted historical phenomenon we know as the Cuban Revolution. Speaking on the power of Canet’s images in the Moncada Series, San Jose State, CA, Professor Michael Conniff wrote, “History is not all written. Visual representations….have as much, sometimes more, impact on the public.”

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Tour Schedule

Cuba: Portrait of a Revolution will tour June 2018 through May 2023. The dates below reflect seven-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

Exhibition Details

95 linocuts by Antonio Canet Hernandez

  • Content

    Fee Includes
    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Gallery Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions
    Custom-Designed and Built Crates

  • Curated By


  • Organized By

    Richmond, CA/Regla Cuba Friendship Committee (RRFC)

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee


  • In-Region Rental Fee


  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Shipping

    Van Line

  • Running Feet


  • Square Feet


  • Security

    Moderate B

  • Number of Crates/Total Weight


  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.