Ceballos' "Adorado Wolfli," for example, depicts an abstract geometric scene, full of cylinders, squares, and lines done in no particular order. The work is named after Swiss painter Adolf Wolfli, who was insane. On top of the drawing she has inscribed a speech plucked from the mind of what appears to be a rambling maniac. The maniac is Castro--the text is taken verbatim from newspaper accounts of his three- and four-hour public speeches.
"It is the text of an obsessive personality, as if I put myself in the mind of this fanatical personality," she said. "It happens to be a speech given by Fidel."
In this periodo especial (special period)--as the post-Soviet era has come to be called--the ideals of socialism have been derailed, and the art of commerce has prevailed.
The artists acknowledge that they are an elite group, allowed to travel and make a living off their art. Curator Power, who has taught art in Havana's art school Instituto Superior de Arte for seven years, said the island has become a virtual "hunting ground for the new breed of global curator."