“Besos robados” (“Stolen Kisses”), by Azcuy, 49,4x75,5 cm, 1970. Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Danish Film Institute on Flickr: “Besos robados” (“Stolen Kisses”), by Azcuy, 49,4×75,5 cm, 1970. Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0

The poster above is for François Truffaut’s film Baisers volés (1968, IMdb, trailer). It was created by Cuban designer Paul René Azcuy Cardenas. One can learn more about him at Guity Novin’s massive A History of Graphic Design website, under chapter 36: “Art of Posters for Films – the Cuban School”

Paul René Azcuy Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1939. In 1955, he entered the National School of Fine Arts (Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes), at San Alejandro, Havana — the oldest and most prestigious fine arts school in Cuba and at the very same year, 1955 he entered for a two years course at the College of Arts and Crafts in Havana. He also studied at the School of Psychology at the University of Havana. Over the period 1964-83 Cardenas worked as a Graphic Designer for the ICAIC. He has taught at the School of Architecture at Universidad Metropolitana Xochimilco, Benemérita University of Puebla. Pacific University of Chile, the Higher Institute of Applied Arts Hungary, the Oriental Institute of Naples in Italy, Escuela Superior of Graphic Design in Rosario in Argentina, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada and Colegio Universitario de Segovia in Spain. In 1992 he served as a judge of the Second International Poster Biennale at Mexico, and in 1996 acted as a member of the Organizing Committee for the Fourth International Poster Biennale at Mexico.

The “Cuban Posters” photo set is composed of 56 colored posters, most properly identified with the artist’s name, date of creation and original dimensions. The posters were uploaded by The Danish Film Institute on its Flickr account between October 20 and October 21, 2008. All posters are offered under the Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0 license. Here’s the official description for this photo set:

The Danish Film Institute’s collection of Cuban Film Posters from the past 50 years or more. Among these are some fine examples of the unique poster art of Niko, Dimas and Bachs.

To browse more Cuban posters, consider visiting the blog Cuban Posters: it’s actually an online archive of original Cuban posters in the collection of the Dulwich Poster Gallery in East Dulwich, London. The blog was updated up until February 2012.

Below are two more posters from The Danish Film Institute photo set.

“Cine Movil ICAIC” by Bachs, 49x75,4 cm, 1969. Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0. Retrieved from The Danish Film Institute Flickr account.
“Cine Movil ICAIC” by Bachs, 49×75,4 cm, 1969. Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0. Retrieved from The Danish Film Institute Flickr account.
“Kubansk Filmvecka” by Rostgaard, 49x74,3 cm, 1969. Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0 Retrieved from The Danish Film Institute Flickr account.
“Kubansk Filmvecka” by Rostgaard, 49×74,3 cm, 1969. Creative Common BY-NC-ND 2.0 Retrieved from The Danish Film Institute Flickr account.

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