Víctor sirve un trago (Victor Pours A Drink)Cuba Series - Painting #4
Acrylic on canvas - 36" x 48"
With my cousin Juan Carlo as my guide, I was able to find the cemetery where my grandfather was buried. After searching for hours in the sweltering afternoon sun I was finally able to match his gravesite to an old photo I had from the 1950’s. It was an extremely personal and rewarding moment for me.
After I paid my respects we made our way to the main road to try and hitch a ride back to the city but my need for a thirst quenching beer was at an all time high, We found a dingy, government run bar on a quiet corner and that is where I met Victor. He looked like a character from an old gangster flick. Despite the gaudy rings and the rough exterior he had a quiet disposition and was happy to meet someone from the U.S. - tourists rarely make their way into this town. I showed him some old photos of my grandfather and asked if he was aware of any ties to my family that might still be around today but he wasn’t able to help in that regard. After a few beers and the mandatory shot of rum, I bid him and the other customers in the bar farewell and I was on my way. I’ll be happy to return to that bar again some day and have another shot of rum. Hopefully Victor will still be behind the bar.