Renier Semidey talks about the cultural movement in Cuba

Painting the true color of life.


Published: March, 2000

For the sixth national conference of students at the university level in Cuba, I was in charge of writing three articles for the cultural bulletin the delegates received every day.

Every article had a cultural focus and tried to highlight students’ involvement in the cultural affairs at the university, barriers for the development of the cultural movement and success stories.

“Dreaming with Microscopes, Painting Life” was my first article published. I interviewed Renier Semidey, sophomore student at the College of Biology. His heavy involvement in the cultural affairs at the University of Havana was the focus of the story. He was an example of what many others students were doing as part of the cultural movement in college.

Article "Dreaming with Microscopes, Painting Life."

HAVANA -- “Art is born within us, but just some of us make it grow,” said Renier Semidey, sophomore student at the University of Havana.

Semidey is majoring in microbiology. He split his time between studies and the cultural amateur group at the university.He has been actively involved in cultural affairs since the beginning of his career at UH.

Last year, he was awarded third place at the Plastic Arts competition at the university. But he got first place in the Cultural Festival for “Humanity,” a collection of six paintings.Semidey’s paintings were in display for the public as part of the Festival art show. Others of his paintings have illustrated articles in magazines such as “Sexology” and “Women.”

For Semidey an original piece is the one that does not repeat reality the way it is. His drawings of the human body recreate diversity.

Titles such as “Autocritic and Justice” support the humanitarian message transmitted in his paintings. There is no stopping for Semidey. As soon as he is done with a project, he starts a new one. He is working now in the paintings that will be shown on his first personal exhibition.

To master the art of painting, time is a requisit. He said to be looking for the perfect painting.

Microbiology is his scientific passion, but painting has a special meaning for him, Semidey said. And he still he finds time for scientific forums, and attends every social gathering in his college.

The Student Government Association at UH is trying to increase the scope of the cultural program, so more students feel attracted to it, but it has a lot to do yet. Support for this kind of extracurricular activities needs to come from higher levels in the institution, he said. And the students involved in arts should push harder to get what they want. There are many things that can get done.

However, Semidey’s success proves that no obstacles can stop real talent.

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