José Rodríguez Fuster
(b. Villa Clara, 1946)
José Rodríguez Fuster is one of Cuba's most original ceramists and a popular painter. He graduated from the National School of Art Instructors in Havana in 1965, after which he began working as a ceramist at the Cubanacán Ceramics Workshop, in 1966. Fuster has made major contributions to rebuild and decorate the fishing town of Jaimanitas on the outskirts of Havana, where he lives. By extending his artistic practice from his home to entire streets and neighborhoods, he has transformed Jaimanitas into a unique work of public art, decorating over 80 houses with ornate murals and domes to suit the personalities of his neighbors. Fuster has had solo shows in Cuba, Romania, New York, Italy, Spain, France, and the Dominican Republic. His works are part of the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the National Museum of Ceramics in Havana, and the Center for Cuban Studies in New York, NY.