Whether it be a sense of eager excitement in regards to the whimsical designs Louboutin floats down the runway at Paris Fashion Week or celebs denouncing the stiletto (see The Telegraph, “Victoria Beckham on her new grown-up style: ‘I just can’t do heels any more’“), shoes are a hot topic these days. From the ancient Chinese tradition of foot binding to the blinding prices of snazzy sneakers, footwear seems to fascinate (or befuddle) just about everyone.

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Havana’s Liudmila López Domínguez Elevates Shoes to Art

To say that Cuban artist Liudmila López Domínguez thinks outside the (shoe) box is an understatement. We first encountered her contemporary work at Galeria Victor Manuel in Habana Vieja’s (Old Havana’s) Plaza de la Catedral. The gallery rests along the edge of the plaza just before the Taller Experimental de Gráfica (a mecca for engraving enthusiasts which is also worth a gander while you’re in Havana).

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Habana Vieja’s Plaza de la Catedral in Cuba

Galeria Victor Manuel is known not only for its vast array of modern art, jewelry and wood work, but also its location. The gallery is perched above the Plaza de la Catedral’s former cistern and located inside what used to be the Casa de Baños (a former 19th century public bath house).

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A Peek Inside Galeria Victor Manuel in Habana Vieja, Cuba

History aside, once you’re inside Galeria Victor Manuel, it’s hard not to be captivated by López Domínguez’s current exhibition.

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Madre Tierra (Mother Earth) by Cuban Artist Liudmila López Domínguez

You’re bound to hear French tourists oohing and ahhing over the symmetry of her work while Japanese travelers jockey for the perfect shoefie position.

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#Shoefie Ready, Liudmila López Domínguez’s Artwork in Havana

Her elegant work is not limited to a single medium. Whether it be plastic, marble, or pencils, López Domínguez’s artwork is bound to keep you on your toes.

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Cuban Artist Liudmila López Domínguez’s Shoes Are on Point

López Domínguez’s work is stunning not only because of the array of materials she works with, but also because of the stories her work tells. The artist has frequently been quoted in the media with regards to the roles that feminism and gender issues play in her art (see The Express Tribune, “Bold and bright: Exhibition provides glimpse into Cuban culture“). Like many modern artists working in Cuba today, with her gorgeous shoes López Domínguez seems to be saying that ideas simply cannot be killed.

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Revolucíon Integrada by Cuban Artist Liudmila López Domínguez

López Domínguez lives and works in Cuba. She has completed over 20 solo shows in Greece, Spain and of course Cuba. Her work has been featured in nearly 100 group exhibitions internationally across countries such as Australia, Mexico, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States of America and Venezuela. Given her prowess as an artist and a visual story teller, López Domínguez is a “shoe in” for a Cuban Cinderella story. We’re excited to keep our eyes on this talented young artist and hope to see more galleries around the world collecting her shoes in the future.

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Discover Liudmila López Domínguez’s Shoe Art at Galeria Victor Manuel in Habana Vieja

Galeria Victor Manuel
San Ignacio #56, esquina Callejón del Chorro
Habana Vieja, Cuba
Hours: Open Every Day From 9:00am to 9:00pm
Admission: Free
Phone: +53 78612955

Liudmila López Domínguez
Phone: +53 52814829 +53 78678923
Email: miniliud@yahoo.com miniliud@cubarte.cult.cu