Tucked into an otherwise unremarkable and somewhat down at the heels neighborhood of Centro Havana is Salvador González Escalona’s art alley, the Callejón de Hamel. In 1990, the self-taught artist painted a mural on a friend’s house to spruce it up. It was well received, and his paintings and sculptures expanded to the neighbors’ walls and the street. His work is a mix of styles, local influence and Afro-Cuban religions. The whimsical sculptures incorporate a variety of found objects. The alley has become an attraction – the artist has a studio and gallery, there’s a restaurant, other shops, and a space where musicians and dancers perform.
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