Compañero Rostgaard, Presente!

My associate Lincoln Cushing wrote to me this afternoon to inform me that famed Cuban poster artist, Alfredo Rostgaard, died this past December 27th. Rostgaard was an extremely talented graphic designer who created posters for the Cuban Film Institute, and from 1960 to 1975 he was the art director of the Organization in Solidarity with Asia, Africa, and Latin America (OSPAAAL).

The brilliant posters of OSPAAAL inspired artists all over the world with their bold designs, and Rostgaard’s contributions to the organization were significant. He created some of the institution’s most well known images. I might add that Cushing is the author of the ultimate illustrated collection of Cuban propaganda art, Revolution!: Cuban Poster Art, a volume that all art lovers should have on their bookshelves.

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