Kcho (Alexis Leyva Machado)

Kcho, Alexis Leyva Machado born in Isle of Pines (1970) is a contemporary Cuban artist. He graduated from the National School of Fine Arts (Havana) in 1990, after which he was awarded the Saiz Brothers Association.
In 1996, he began to exhibit his work at the National Center for Contemporary Art (Montreal, Canada), at the Museum of Contemporary Art (LA, USA. States, 1997) and Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid, 2000).
In 1992, Kcho was made a member of the Salon jury National Palace Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, in 1994, received a scholarship by the Ludwig Foundation, and in 1995 he received the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of Arts, Geneva, Switzerland. Kcho is known for creating works based on forms of boats, often made from materials salvaged from the trash or improvised, and incorporating iconography and items of daily life in Cuba in his art.

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