Our Story

Born out of a dream to promote the Cuban art to the world, Oleos & Canvas is a collective whose mission is to share a rich culture of a country and support local Cuban artists. Founded by Janisette Cruz Alvarez the organization started as a website in Cuba in 2006, it has now grown to an international collective hosted in Canada with the purpose of bringing Cuban Art to the world. 

Limited by the economic situation of the island and numerous factors outside of their control, the artists have been disproportionately affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. There was a need for an organization to help the artists be able to commercialize their art online and thus gain some of the traction that was lost due to the massive decrease of tourism in Cuba. 

Oleos & Canvas is committed to helping our artists grow and help their work be presented in online in a way in a positive and international matter so that the world can learn more about Cuban art. Our goal is to market and promote these artists so that they can focus on their passion for art while we focus on sharing said passion with the world. 

We select only the finest Cuban painters and Artists to join our site to showcase the talent and vision of these young creatives who because of economic barriers would never have this chance. We are committed to promoting both new and existing talent to nourish the relationships between these artists and promote creativity and growth by association.

Our future dream is to create our own physical gallery in Toronto, which we will make possible by our multiple expositions and exposure to ensure that all of our artists have a space in which they can be seen throughout the world.