A collection of street art that is often described as a mix of traditional Cubans and Philippine street art has made its way into Manila.
The “cuban street” refers to the fact that the Cubans also practice street art.
“It’s just a different style, but it’s very much Cubans,” said Manuel Villanueva, who has been working on the street art since 2014.
Villanuesos work, like many Cubans, often depicts the image of a young man.
Villanueso has been collecting street art pieces for the past several years, and this is his first collection.
He said he has found many people who are looking for street art to add to their collection.
“I always say I’m looking for something different than what I’m currently collecting,” Villanuelas told Al Jazeera.
“I think this is the first time that I have encountered a group of people who love to do street art.”
Villanuevas collection has so far included works by Carlos Aragão, Miguel Antonio Bautista, Pablo Picasso, Rafael Reino-Garcia, and others.
The artist told Aljazeera he is looking forward to sharing his work with the public.
“It will be interesting to see what kind of feedback we receive,” he said.
Villanuelos work has inspired the creation of a street art mural of a female Cuban model.
He has been contacted by a local sculptor who is in the process of making a Cuban street model of the female model.
The project is a collaborative effort between the artist and the sculptor.
Villans work is also inspired by the “custodian” of the city, Juan Carlos de Bautas, who died in 2015.
Villanduevos project was inspired by a conversation between Villanueras and Bautos widow, who asked Villanuyes to make a street model.
Villancues work is currently being displayed at the Museo de Artes da Tijuca, located in the city’s old district.