del Rio, Idania

2002 Cuban Documentary Poster, Al Compás del Pilón

$150.00
  • 2002 Cuban Documentary Poster, Al Compás del Pilón

del Rio, Idania

2002 Cuban Documentary Poster, Al Compás del Pilón

$150.00
Date: 2002
Size: 19.5 x 27.5 inches
Artist: Idania del Rio


As opposed to the French who pioneered the lithographic process, Cuban poster production in the 1950s and 60s was primarily centered around silk screening. Images were built up through layers of paint rather than ink, resulting in a poster which more closely resembled a painting than a litho. The printing tradition continues with CartelON, a project devoted to promoting silkscreening in Cuba by organizing graphic design contests where creatives of all ages can be inspired to explore screenprinting. 

This poster advertises a short, light-hearted documentary titled "Al Compás del Pilón" written and directed by Carlos Y. Rodríguez which highlights the 'pilón', a waist-high mortar and pestle made from a hollowed-out tree trunk that sits on the ground and held between the legs. It is also a form of Cuban music and dance originating from the 1950s whose rhythms are based on the motions of pounding sugarcane.

This six-colour screenprint was designed by Idania del Rio, whose work as a posterist has been exhibited in Cuba, France, Germany, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and the United States. She has won several prizes such as the graphic design CUBADISCO, the Uruguayan Graffiti for Best Video and the Caja Alta Prize of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

Poster is numbered, dry-stamped, and hand-signed by the artist. Unlined and in excellent condition!