Pavel Acosta says, “stealing is the very core of my work.” In order to survive as an artist, not unlike the way other people do in Cuba — smuggling from the state resources within the black market to compensate for their low salaries and scarcities is the method of survival in a dictatorship.
In Cuba, Acosta, explored the boundaries between destroying something, committing a crime, and making art. The artist stole dry paint chips from the crumbling city walls to make collages or perhaps one might call them mosaics from recycled paint on sheetrock and call them stolen paintings. Artists always have to address challenges, the main one been how does an artist survive? Acosta has been in the United States since 2010 and the museum walls have now become ambassadors in ideologies that carry memories and ultimately history.