There is a strong tradition of poster and graphic art in Cuba. It continues in Miami with the work of artists such as ILLICIT who, taking the example of Banksy and other street artists, seeks to maintain the mystery of anonymity, though there is a family link with Little Havana. His work is sharp, graphic and witty and bridges Cuban and US cultures, with for example his portrait of the professional basketball player Dwayne Wade who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association and, by all account, had an astonishingly tough upbringing in Chicago, and is illustrated with the ubiquitous aluminum coffee maker, essential to the coffee culture of Havana. ILLICIT sells through his website Forbidden by Law and through the Little Havana Visitor Centre in Miami, USA.
ILLICIT is based in Miami. With the improvement of relations between the US and Cuba, it is hoped that artists who are still living in Cuba will be able to show their work in the US and that perhaps that art galleries in Little Havana, which have declined, will be able to revitalise.