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RENÉ AZCUY CARDENAS (1939- ) BESOS ROBADOS. 1970. 30x20 inches, 76 1/4x50 3/4 cm. Condition A. Silkscreen. Paper. During the Cuban Revolution, many of Cuba's most talented artists turned their energy to state-sponsored cultural and political posters. After studying in Havana, René Azcuy worked for the state sponsored El Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) from 1964 till 1983. Avoiding the banalities of Soviet Socialist realism and Chinese political graphics, "the posters commissioned by the ICAIC aim at conveying information while visually educating the people, familiarizing them with a symbolic language. The film industry allowed the designers to successfully create a visual art for the Cuban revolution" (Weill p. 341). For Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses), one of François Truffaut's classic films, Azcuy builds an exceptionally strong and symbolic movie poster. It is a close up of a woman's face and her color-drenched seductive lips, depicted in a pop-art style somewhat reminiscent of such U.S. contemporaries as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Peter Max. Mira p. 109.