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Printmaker, designer, painter, and musicologist Tony Èvora (Cuba, 1937 – Spain, 2017) was the artistic director of the Cuban Book Institute, having designed and art-directed the mythical Luno supplement of the Revolucion newspaper in 1960s Havana.
Èvora created the bi-tonal graphic from Alberto Korda’s photograph of Che Guevara for publication (before Jim Fitzpatrick).
The woodcuts, linocuts and etchings on show focus on themes which affected Èvora at the time: a fusion of ferocity, birds and humankind. Infused with an unmistakably Latin feel, they reflect his concerns about restricted freedoms.
On a printmaking course in the Czech capital, Èvora chose exile when Castro sided with the Soviets during the Prague Spring. Under gunfire, he escaped across the border and migrated through Europe to England. After drumming for Edmundo Ross while waiting for a work-permit, he went into publishing. Later he joined Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes) which created an Art Department especially for him.
An authority on Santeria beliefs and culture, Èvora travelled extensively over the Americas, collecting information on these and other popular concerns. He moved to Spain in 1992.