Los Carpinteros and Los Angeles

There is a strong connection to Cuba in Los Angeles, thanks to the efforts of Adolfo Nodal, Darrel Couturier (of Couturier Gallery), Cuban-American conservator Rosa Lowinger and the former Iturralde Gallery, amongst others.

Whenever I think of work that represents LA, I include some of Los Carpinteros' work. Thanks to the folks I mentioned above, LA was one of the first American cities that jumped onto contemporary Cuban art - and Los Carpinteros were amongst a small group of hyper-popular contemporary Cuban artists (along with Tania Bruguera, Raúl Cordero, Belkis Ayon, and others) that showed here. 

But really, I include them for personal reasons. Their work was very influential to me. When I was a teenager, I saw a lot of their shows here in LA, as well as in Havana (most notably at the 2000 Havana Bienal, with their piece 'Tent City'). In fact, I had a teenage obsession with their work that lives on to this day.

Although Los Carpinteros have since lost one of their members (the ever talented Alexandre Arrechea), the two remaining members still work together, and make amazing pieces.