In tribute to the 500th anniversary of Rhino by Alberto Durero (1471-1520), famous engraving made by this iconic artist in 1515, the Experimental Workshop of Graphic in Havana organized an exhibition contest of contemporary engravers.
On October 20, 2015, in commemoration of the Day of Cuban Culture and as part of international activities for the anniversary of the engraving by Durero, it was inaugurated this exhibition at the Workshop, site in Old Havana.
This exhibition was drew on the works submitted to a special contest called by the Workshop for all Cubans engravers and artists residents in Cuba. The participation at the contest required the presentation of “a graphic work, under any engraving technique, except monotypes, with the goal to take as a visual reference the piece by Durero” (Experimental Graphics Workshop, 2015).
The dimensions of the pieces presented were 50 x 70 cm. The works were exhibited on paper with differents colors and textures, and were evaluated by an experienced jury. The jury offered two special prizes: a Special Prize entitled Edition TEGH and a Special Membership to the Workshop. In the first case the prize included “the acquisition of non lithographic matrix and rights for the edition of 50 copies, paid in cash and in materials. Besides this, the winner piece was used as visual identity of the event “(Experimental Graphics Workshop, 2015). The results were showed at the inauguration. Membership as a special prize was granted to Manuel Gomez and the special prize TEGH edition was conceded to Dairan Fernandez who exhibited a great woodcut.
Octavio Irving, as the director of the Workshop and the organizer, participated out of competition with a lithographic matrix highly expressive mixed with an interesting game of words that reinforced the sense of the expo.