Welcome to Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center
Where the arts merge
Cubaocho Museum and Performing Art Center is a new business concept that has been extremely successful for being unique and different. We are very proud of having created this place and please the taste of artists as well as art lovers. We’re always surprised by the public’s interpretations and also by the interest of so many artists to perform in Cubaocho, making it one of the most admired and visited locations in Miami . In Cubaocho the arts come together.
In January 1992 I escaped from Cuba in a small boat to the USA in search of freedom. After three days adrift without food or water in the Straits of Florida, I was ready to die. The U.S. Coast Guard saved my life and I was welcomed to the land of freedom. In the middle of the ocean those guards read “The Miranda Rights” to me. I cried with excitement and joy because for the first time in my life I had rights. The Coast Guard however said that they had to sink the boat. When one of them reached out for my hand I refused and explained that I had a small collection of art on my boat, and I would not allow them to sink it in the ocean. Then they looked at me surprised, never had they seen a castaway who at the same time was an art collector. They saved my life and saved the artwork.
I started working on recovering the history of my country that the communist government had erased for more than fifty years, burning books, and censoring the freest expression that the human being has: the arts. This beautiful mission has taken me 30 years, recovering books, magazines, newspapers, and artwork. Today all my research has been written in “Great Masters of Cuban art. 1800-1958”, my book.