This unique space is dedicated to Naif Artworks produced by artists without technical training.

Naif or Naïve art is a category of art created by those without formal training, sometimes considered the oldest art form on Earth. In Santiago de Cuba, we’ll visit the Estudio Taller Arte Naif Bayate, a studio dedicated to this impromptu art form. During our private reception, we’ll meet with creators over Cuban coffee and pastries.

About Naif Art

The term has some flexibility, but naif art can embody both the origins of an artist and the traits of their creations. In paintings, naif art typically uses bold, bright-colored patterns, equal levels of details in foreground and background, as well as geometrically inexact proportions. In all, there tends to be a greater focus on simplicity over specific techniques.

History’s most famous naif artists, such as Henri Rousseau and Alfred Wallis, pioneered today’s idea of the naif form. But true self-taught art has become increasingly rare, especially in Cuba, where arts education is widely available. Even the island’s most well-known naif artist, José Fuster, attended an art school. At Estudio Taller Arte Naif Bayate, we’ll learn more about the history of this style and the personal stories that led creators to the studio.

This experience is available on our Undiscovered Cuba tour or can be integrated into a custom-made itinerary