By Helson Hernandez
HAVANA TIMES — In Old Havana, caricaturist Luis Pereira captures the faces of common and famous people passing through the old town, a trade that has opened the doors to important galleries in the city.
HT: When did you discover your talent for drawing people’s faces?
Luis Pereira: Even though it’s hard to believe and it may strike you as a typical answer, I recall that I discovered an irresistible desire to put things on paper – images and people’s faces – when I was a kid.
HT: Have you always been a caricaturist, or did you do something else before?
LP: I’ve been doing this since I was 17. It’s always been my profession. Let’s say that drawing caricatures has been my livelihood.
HT: What are the main features one should focus on to draw caricatures?
LP: The eyes and nose, and a person’s common gestures, are the fundamental elements of a caricature.
HT: Have you noticed a particularly common emotion in the faces of the people you draw in Cuba today?
LP: I usually see surprise, laughter, thankfulness, even praise. A good sense of humor is part of the character of Cubans.
LP: After many years of doing caricatures out on the street, I was able to mount an exhibition of my work at the Her Car gallery in Arroyo Naranjo, Havana, last month, and, on November 20, I will open a new exhibition at the Metropolitana, located in the Focsa building, at the intersection of N and 17 streets. The works will be on display for a month, until December 20.
HT: What personalities have you drawn?
LP: Cuban folk musician Silvio Rodriguez and Maria Celesta, from Univision. During the Pope’s visit, I also drew singer Alvaro Torres, US actress Angelina Jolie, salsa musician Isaac Delgado and other well-known foreign actors who visited Havana, who I was able to see up close and draw.
HT: Where can people who want to see your caricatures go to in Havana?
LP: They can find me at the Plaza de la Catedral, in front of the renowned Bodeguita del Medio, in Old Havana. There I am, bringing to life the faces of those who wish to be immortalized as a caricature.
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