18 Cuban Propaganda Posters From The ‘60s And ‘70s

A fascinating look at the subject matter and style of Cold War-era posters.

1. Be Alert! - 1962

Artist: Jesus Forjans

Following the Bay of Pigs Invasion, this propaganda poster was created to warn Cubans of another U.S. attack.

2. Fourth Anniversary of the Revolution. With Fidel’s Five Points. - 1963

Artist: Unknown

A heavily Soviet Union influenced poster that represents industry and defiance.

3. May Day. All those with Fidel at the Revolution Plaza - 1965

Artist: Unknown

Poster for the annual May Day parade, where Castro delivers his infamous speeches that last for several hours.

4. Seventh Anniversary - 1966

Artist: Unknown

Commemorating the seventh anniversary of the revolution. Pictured in the upper left corner is Castro (in January 1959) with Camilo Cienfuegos, one of the captains in his rebel army .

Camilo died in a plane crash in October 1959.

5. Fidel - 1968

Artist: Raul Martínez

The style of the poster draws heavy from Latin American folk art.

6. Che - 1968

Artist: Raul Martínez

7. Camilo - 1969

Artist: Raul Martínez

The poster was produced to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of Camilo Cienfuegos.

8. Day of the Heroic Guerrilla - 1968

Artist: Elena Serrano

Poster to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Che Guevara - who was killed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.

9. 10th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution 1959-1969

Artist: René Mederos

10. Guerrilla Christ - 1969

Artist: Alfredo Rostgaard

Illustrating the idea that Christ would be a guerrilla if he were alive today.

11. Che - 1969

Artist: Alfredo Rostgaard

12. Long Live the Seventeenth Anniversary of July 26 - 1970

Artist: Felix Beltran

July 26, 1953, is viewed as the as the starting point of the Cuban revolution. This poster commemorates the anniversary of Fidel Castro’s failed attack on the Moncada Barracks.

13. All to the Square. July 26 - Seventeenth Anniversary - 1970

Artist: A. Prieto

Another poster commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of the revolution.

14. October 21, Day of Continental Support for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos - 1970

Artist: Unknown

Nixon depicted with dead bodies in his thoughts.

15. International week of solidarity with Latin America - 1970

Artist: Asela Perez

16. Nixon - 1971

Artist: René Mederos

Nixon is depicted as a vulture that is carpet-bombing Cambodia and Laos.

17. Freedom for Angela Davis - 1971

Artist: Felix Beltrán

A poster asking for the release of Angela Davis, an American political activist, who was arrested in 1970.

18. October 8th - Day of the Heroic Guerrilla - 1978

Artist: Olivio Martinez

The poster was produced to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the death of Che Guevara.

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