We are artists and we work with artists. Otros Ojos operates under the Support of the Cuban People LICENSE that gives business to Cuban enterprises and Artist organizations.
Our business is meant to open your eyes to our world and, in turn, it helps our community. These are some of our team members. Incredible people who help us make Otros Ojos special and unique.
Kay is a co-founder of Otros Ojos and runs many of our trips. She is an American painter and entrepreneur. She has traveled all over the world seeking out art, good food and great people. Kay first went to Cuba in March of 2015 through the back door of Mexico knowing no Spanish, having little idea of Cuban culture… but knowing she needed to go. She met Norberto four days later and has lived in and out of Cuba ever since. She maintains a studio in the Turquoise House.
Norberto is a co-founder of Otros Ojos and runs many of our trips. He is a Cuban musician, producer and composer. He grew up in Remedios, in central Cuba and moved to Havana to pursue his music career and attend the legendary arts and music school ISA. He has worked extensively with many Cuban bands and composed, produced and was the musical director of the most recent album from Acituna Sin Hueso. He is working on his first solo flamenco album.
Carlos / Carlitos
Carlos is our resident historian, art history guru and poet. He runs trips for Otros Ojos and helps us ensure our content is full of Cuba’s rich culture. He and Norberto grew up together in Remedios where Carlos produced and founded a Peña (Art Salon) with Norberto. They lived and worked together for years in Havana where Carlos was in radio and TV production while studying writing. His poems are featured in several Latin American Poetry anthologies and he published his first collection of poetry in 2017.
Pedro runs an airport taxi company with his son Henry and they bring everyone on our trips to and from Jose Marti Airport in Havana. Pedro was the first Cuban that Kay ever met. He picked her up at the airpot on her first trip wearing his signature starched yellow shirt and warm smile. They have been friends ever since. We are always thrilled to see Pedro or Henry waiting for us when we get though customs.
Manuel runs a gorgeous Casa Particular and is in charge of arranging all accommodation for our guests in Havana. He is originally from Santa Clara and lives directly across the street from us in Havana. He is lovely, hilarious and super kind. He speaks perfect English and is always willing to help with anything our guests need.
Raciel is an amazing singer and dear friend whom guests meet when they come on our seven day trip. Raciel performs at a small lively cafe in Miramar that we go to on Wednesday nights and speaks with the group before the show starts. He grew up in Havana and is enthusiastic and funny when speaking to anyone about life and art and music in Cuba.
Liana engages our groups in stories about Cuba that stretch back to the 30s. She is a wealth of information on Cuba, Havana and the culture that she soaks up daily in her beloved city. She is a professor of Spanish and English and met Kay through the Spanish classes that she teaches. She is an incredible and enthusiastic resource on the history of Havana and the magic that exists here.
Ariel is in charge of our time exploring the Viñales countryside on his horses. He grew up on the farms outside of Viñales and now lives in one of the nearby Fincas. We are so grateful for his deep knowledge of the area and eagerness to take on the less trodden trails and to introduce us to farmers and friends along the way.
Dianelys helps us arrange all of our rooms in Viñales and also helps troubleshoot any issues that pop up in the countryside. We met her on our first trip to Viñales years ago and were so taken by her generosity, attention to detail and incredible breakfasts! She grew up outside of Viñales and takes such pride in her work and helping her guests.