With only 34 years, Cristina Figueroa Vives manages one of the most important and prestigious independent art galleries in Havana. A project that is celebrating 4 years of being named Estudio Figueroa-Vives, but which is actually the result of more than 20 years of independent work, effort, creativity and talent, of his parents: the renowned curator Cristina Vives and an essential of Cuban photography, José A. Figueroa and, since 2014, also of her.
Cristina graduated in Havana from History of Art, and in Barcelona, from Master in Art and New Media and she is a specialist from the Department of Plastic Arts of Casa de las Américas since 2010.
Until today, in his private study in Vedado, 12 important exhibitions have been inaugurated that have ingeniously proposed to talk about Cuban reality, young artists, contemporary art and technology. In just four years the gallery has been visited by artists, critics, specialists and public from around the world.
For the Figueroa-Vives, the story behind each project is really important. The current exposition in the study corroborates that. Named Bodas de Oro, they brought together artists such as Celia and Yunior, Alejandro González, Reynier (El Chino) Leyva Novo, Fidel García and materials from Studio Korda, to refer, from art, to the complex history of Cuba between 1968 and 2018.
Although it is undeniable that for the professional growth of Cristina helped the proven prestige of her parents, that girl has an aura of her own. The respect that she owns has been won by attitude/aptitude, culture, intelligence and responsibility.
Cristina could be working in any gallery in the world; however, she is contributing whit her knowledge and her desire to Havana, because for her Havana is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is also a “work in progress”. That's why he's always rethinking and reinventing new projects. Because Havana also rethinks and reinvents itself every day.