Casa Fuster

Casa Fuster

Twenty eight years ago Jose Rodriguez Fuster (b. 1946) moved into the Jaimanitas neighborhood in the northwest outskirts of Havana.  Ever since, he has been working on a mosaic installation that includes his house and walls (fences) as well as those of his neighbours.  About eighty houses have been decorated in that time.  The exterior of his own house, and the courtyard in front of it, are covered with tiles and mosaic murals as well.  There are also numerous statues, sculptures and other structures.

mosaic covered statue reclining on a red tile roof, she is surrounded by other mosaics and statues in the background.

gate structure with two large faces on it, a man with red cowboy hat on the left and a person with half green and half red face on the right.

tile mural representing 'granma' which refers to the coming of the two Castros and Che Guverra in a boat to Cuba.  Large white boat with the men on board

Three people standing on the rooftop of a two storey building that is covered in tile mosacis.  Some mosiac covered staues or sculptures are in the foreground.

a brown bench with painted tiles behind it and on the back and arms of the bench such that it looks like a person wearing a yellow hat is sitting on the bench, although the person is flat, their arm is on the armrest of the bench.

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large black and white painted tile picture of a woman, upper part of the body and face

tile mosaic of a line of Latin AMerican people, three are wearing hats and playing guitars

'no guerra' mural with many people and palm trees

an exterior fence covered with mosaic mural - a tree, some people and a green background

mosaic picture of a white rooster, part of a larger mosaic

exterior staircase covered with small tiles, including a mosaic of a large red heart

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pink hibiscus flower in front of a beige and orange mosaic

tile covered giraffe statues, 2, standing beside a large red heart shaped planter with small palm trees in it.

Two large white birds madde of tiles on a green background, a wall fence around a house.

floor, walls and stairs covered with tile mosaics

part of a large mosaic installation, ceramic tile pieces, white star in red circle surrounded by blue and white rays radiating from the center to look like the cuban flag

mosaic covered walls and curved structures

mosaic covered flat statue of a woman with long black hair, white arms and legs and wearing what looks like a blue one piece bathing suit

an exterior fence covered with mosaic mural - a tree, some people and a green background

An exterior wall, or fence, covered with square tiles.  Some of the tiles have pictures on them and some of them have words on them.  There is a fire hydrant in front of the wall.

bits of ceramics in the shape of objects surrounded by tiles in shades of grey

a Cuban house behind a wall that is covered with tile mosaic.  An old red car is parked in front of the building.

mosaic covered walls, a fountain with no water, and some statues, a man and a woman, standing beside the fountain.

Exterior of a house covered with tile mosaic

a mosaic chicken in blue and white with a painted tile (or two abstract female forms) in the center of it.

A horse drawn wagon and some men standing around on a corner.  A mural made of ceramic tiles is behind them including a life size cut out of a palm tree

flags, cuban and bolivian, made of mosaics, with a man's head between the flags, wearing a red beret, a man is sitting on the sidewalk in front of the mosaic mural

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mosaic of a god like figure with gold rays coming from his head.  He is holding a child in his arms.  In front of him is a boat with three men in it.

The words 'sea feliz y ria' painted on tiles around the bottom of a balcony. A tile covered statue of a red person with a large flower on their head is also in the picture. The balcony is surround by a wire fence, with faces made of metal open work in the railing too.

The words 'sea feliz y ria' painted on tiles around the bottom of a balcony.  A tile covered statue of a red person with a large flower on their head is also in the picture.   The balcony is surround by a wire fence, with faces made of metal open work in the railing too.

tile mosaic

a column, or pillar, holding up the second floor of a house is covered with tiles.  There is a picture of a man wearing a yellow hat as well as a picture of a yellow chicken

 

Faces of Fuster

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, half red and half white face, black outline features

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, bright yellow face with dark blue eyes, green outline for the nose

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, eyes looking slightly upwards and to the left

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, grey stucco face, shiny black tile hair and flower shaped eyes

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, painted face on weird green background, a moon shape to the right of the face

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, a young woman with long dark hair

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, a red face and a white face in profile such that it also looks like one face, on a column with more mosaic on a wall behind

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, black on white face with lots of orange paint dots on the cheeks

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, white face, black eyes, red nose

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, group of three faces and heads with some flowers in the middle and surrounded by a black circle

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece, face in black and white on green stucco background

large tile face that is half yellow and half white with a man in a hat standing beside it.

face made of bits of tile with some parts painted, part of a larger mosaic art piece

Comments
  1. jazmin says:

    Mary – Fantastic shots! I am so glad you went “overboard” – you captured so many details and pieces that I had totally overlooked. I also love seeing the same location through another perspective! Can’t wait to see the rest!

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