Los Cubanos by Volker Figueredo Véliz

Under the title "Los Cubanos," the Leica Galerie Stuttgart will present impressive photographs from Cuba by German photographer Volker Figueredo Véliz from April 8 to June 18, 2022.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

Cuba, a country that one immediately associates with cheerful people in colorful clothes. With cars from the 50s that catch the eye of every tourist on the streets, as well as a detached ambience in Buena Vista bars combined with a Cuban cigar and the legendary local rum. A country that, when you let your eyes wander along the streets and houses, gives the impression that time has simply stopped.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

Contrary to this first association, the German photographer and self-taught photographer Volker Figueredo Véliz opens up a completely new and at the same time very impressive view of the country and its people. Figueredo has spent a large part of his life in Cuba. In Cuba he got married and found his photographic inspiration.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

With his Leica he documents again and again what is typical for Cuba and is rarely seen by vacationers, nor can it be seen. He offers visitors to the Leica Galerie Stuttgart a glimpse behind the scenes, giving them an insight into everyday life, customs and traditions.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

Figueredo is an excellent photographer who knows how to capture the essence of a moment with his camera - unposed, but always aesthetically and technically perfect. Particularly impressive are his black-and-white photographs, which at first you don't really want to associate with colorful Cuba. But it is precisely these photographs that remain in one's memory. In 2021, in cooperation with dpunkt.Verlag, he published the book "Los Cubanos - In Search of the Soul of Cuba," which, in addition to his impressive photographs, it also contains interesting background information about the country and the people of Cuba. The book is also available at the Leica Galerie Stuttgart.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

Volker Figueredo Véliz was born Volker Büffel in 1953 and worked for a large computer manufacturer for around 40 years. He then moved to Cuba, where he lived for several years, found his photographic inspiration and met his current wife. As a photographer, he has made a name for himself worldwide with his photo series on Cuba.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

Volker Figueredo Véliz series "Cuba Inside" has already been exhibited in several galleries in Germany. Since 2018, he lives in Germany with his wife Somaida and daughter Yoana, but visits Cuba whenever he can.

Los Cubanos © Volker Figueredo Véliz

Particularly impressive are his black-and-white photographs, which at first you don't really want to associate with colorful Cuba.

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Exhibition
Volker Figueredo Véliz: Los Cubanos

April 8 - June 18, 2022

Leica Gallery Stuttgart
Calwer Street 41
70173 Stuttgart

Leica Galerie Stuttgart is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is free. The photographs in the exhibition are limited and available for purchase.

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