Welcome to the eBay Store for the Cuban Poster Gallery, based in Washington D.C. Check back here often in the coming weeks and months as we'll be offering a huge selection of scarce Cuban graphics, both movie and political posters. We'll start by offering silk-screened movie posters, then add some equally collectible political posters from our archives. We invite you to add the Cuban Poster Gallery Store to your favorites here on eBay.
And now for a few words about Cuban poster art:
For more than 50 years, the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) has been designing silk-screened posters for most every movie shown on the island, whether the films originated in Cuba, the United States, Brazil, Japan or Italy. In the midst of the Cold War 1960s and 1970s, many of the subtitled foreign films shown in Cuba came from the island's communist allies in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Vietnam and even North Korea. We believe the origin of these films--some celebrated, others utterly obscure--adds to the allure of collecting Cuban movie poster art.
Unlike in the United States, where movie posters are often dominated by images of Hollywood stars, the Cubans assign a graphic artist to design an original piece of artwork for each film. Unlike in most countries, Cuba's movie posters are handmade silk-screens.
Make no mistake: these silk-screens are widely recognized in graphic design circles as stylish and imaginative works of art, handmade one color at a time and often under difficult circumstances. At various times over the past five decades, paint and even paper have been in short supply on the island.
Many of the Cuban silk-screens are nothing less than museum pieces. But don't take our word for it. Examples of Cuban poster art can be found in the permanent collections of museums across the globe from the Victoria & Albert in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in prestigious institutions such as the Library of Congress and Georgetown University in Washington and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.
Adding to their collectibility, Cuban movie posters are produced in limited numbers. Typically, only a few hundred copies are made for each film, although the runs have been as low as 50. Responding to demand from collectors, the Cuban Film Institute has re-screened some of its more popular posters, though in limited numbers. That's why some Cuban posters created in the 1960s and 1970s began reappearing on the island in the 1990s and 2000s. We call these re-screened posters 2nd editions.
Further adding to their collectibility, many of Cuba's vintage posters are imperiled. Although a few hundred copies may have been screened originally, relatively few have survived, due to the island's wet and humid climate, inadequate storage facilities in Havana and improper handling in Cuba and elsewhere. To us, these survivors are rare beauties, even those with obvious flaws. We are proud to have rescued hundreds of posters from almost certain extinction by storing them in an air conditioned, acid-free environment.
We at the Cuban Poster Gallery offer both original 1st editions and officially re-screened 2nd editions to our customers on eBay and in our by-appointment gallery in Washington D.C. We consider both to be imminently collectible, and (in response to a question we often get) all were legally imported into the United States: the U.S. government's economic embargo against Cuba exempts most artwork, including posters.
While the pricier originals are favored by some collectors, the 2nd editions are also collectible because they were silk-screened in the same Cuban Film Institute workshop as the originals. Note that we never sell unauthorized reproductions that have been cranked out in print shops in the U.S. and Europe. To us, these are utterly worthless, at least as collectibles.
Hard-to-find Cuban political and cultural posters? Yes, we'll be offering original copies of these in the coming months, too. Visit the Cuban Poster Gallery's eBay store often as new stock will be added every week.
To our eBay customers worldwide: We pledge to accurately describe the posters we list and price them fairly based on condition and scarcity. Have a question? Please don't hesitate to contact us.
Thanks for your interest in the Cuban Poster Gallery.