Raúl Martínez, Che

Che Guevara

Raúl Martínez, Che, Silkscreen, 1968. 

The works of Cuba’s Raúl Martínez were central to defining Cuban revolutionary art. During the Cuban Revolution, Martínez realized the importance of creating works for the masses. His work Che is one of many works in which he uses pop art aesthetics to portray revolutionary leaders, ideas, and values. His mass production of different versions of the image of Che Guevara played a large role in his transformation into a revolutionary icon. Martínez’s creation of these accessible images, made with bold lines and arbitrary colors, turned Che’s image into a mass symbol that would be circulated, iconized, and “consumed” by the Cuban population.