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Noted Cuban Artists Eduardo Roca Salazar
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Noted Cuban Artists Eduardo Roca Salazar 
Celebrated in Harlem, October 26, 2009


Sunday October 25 was one of those very special Harlem cultural afternoons as the HARLEM Arts Alliance welcomed Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco) in a Havana to Harlem afternoon of celebration at the Dwyer Cultural Center on St. Nicholas Avenue.

Over 300 people attended throughout the afternoon celebration which lasted from 1 o'clock until 6:00pm. Among those attending were Voza Rivers and Michael Unthank of the HARLEM Arts Alliance, Marta Moreno Vega, of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Deborah Spencer of the New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra Garcia Betancourt of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Steven Fullwood of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and artist Ademola Olugebefola, of the International Communications Association.

The celebration's keynote was a lively mid-afternoon conversation between Eduardo Roca Salazar (Choco) and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. They talked about art and cultural development and the continuing influence of African art on his work since his travels throughout Africa in the 1980s.

He is one of the leading printmakers in the world and is in New York rarely. He is in the U.S. now as an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Choco's artwork was available for sale during the Sunday afternoon event and sold briskly.

The celebration also included a reception with Cuban cuisine from Amore Cubano on East 11th & Third Avenue and music by Son x Tres.