The cuban gallery Collage Habana in Art Madrid\'15drid\'15

El sueño del navegante. Roberto Fabelo.


Directed by Maria Milian Merique, Collage Habana Is, since 2004, the visual arts entity of the Cuban Cultural Fund, with more than 30 years of work in promoting Cuban artists.


Located in the heart of the city of Havana, the gallery brings together other galleries and a diverse array of artists, from national awards as Manuel Mendive and Alfredo Sosabravo even the most novice, also artists such a National Award as Nelson Domínguez and Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho), reflecting the aesthetic plurality of island art.


Roberto Fabelo.


Collage Habana Gallery is one of the most interesting examples of Cuban art and brings to Art madrid a solo-show of Roberto Fabelo painter, draftsman, engraver, illustrator and sculptor.



Delicatessen. Roberto Fabelo.


Fabelo studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Havana and in the National School of Art and the Superior Institute of Art. He is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and the International Association of Visual Artists. He has received numerous awards and citations, including the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Paris (1996), the National Arts Award (2004) and the Distinction for National Culture, granted both by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba.


Roberto Fabelo has over 30 solo exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions worldwide. His works are part of public and private collections as the collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba (MNBA), the Wifredo Lam Center in Cuba, the Museum of Modern Art in New Delhi, Museum of Modern Art in the City of Mexico, Nordillaan Kunstmuseum of Denmark, the permanent collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the UN headquarters in New York among others and in various galleries worldwide.




If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.