Introducing Carlos Alejandro Falco Chang
When I was visiting Cuba, I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Chang (thanks Agostin), one of Cuba's best political Cartoonists. His work has appeared in international newspapers (signed "Falco") and in fact, last year one of his pieces was honored for being one of the best of the year. You can find some of his work, by entering his name ( as seen above) in Google and choosing the 3rd and 5th options. I was really glad to meet Alejandro (the name he goes by) and his wife : Yadira Torres Ayala, and their 3 awesome kids (more on one of them in the next post). What I am really amazed at is that he is able to turn out quality work, with the meager resources available to him. The Majority of Cubans make no more than $20US a month, there is strict use of his computer at work-the only place he can use internet; you only have a local LAN intranet in the home IF you have a computer (I'd say at least 95% of Cubans don't) and that only is for email-and his computer is about PIII technology, and he's fortunate to have that. Unlike us he can't reference material (unless it's at work) such as taking out a library book (he can go there and read it), download it, or buy it (bookstores in Cuba are VERY limited) because a book can run you at least $15 and since that's a choice between reading and taking care of your family........well..... I really took all this to heart, and so I'm letting the rest of my artistic community know his story - and ask you to let others know it as well. I already know some of the things I'm going to do : there artist such as Ralph Steadman, Brad Holland, and Randall Enos that he admires, and I know he would like Ronald Searle, so I'm getting some books to send to him via third parties who are going to Cuba. I would appreciate ANY suggestions that any of you would have and welcome them. If you personally would like to contact Alejandro his email is email@example.com. This goes to show that not only a lot of us fortunate to be able to do what we love, but also to be in a position to help those who are not as fortunate. Ciao. Scott.