The Man Bringing Contemporary Cuban Art to America
Written by: Carson Griffith
"Long before travel restrictions from the U.S. to Havana were relaxed, Bryant Toth, the former membership manager at New York’s Soho House, had racked up quite a few visits — and a growing collection of contemporary Cuban art. The pieces he brought back sparked immediate interest among his friends, and before he knew it, Toth, 28, was a de facto dealer. “I didn’t have this grand vision,” he explains. “My friends just asked about the artists.” By last fall, demand was so high that Toth left Soho House to work full-time with seven of them, displaying their work mostly on his website and Instagram account, but occasionally in pop-up gallery shows, too: One he mounted at the Hotel Chelsea last November for the painter Hector Frank, a 55-year-old former electrical engineer, nearly sold out. Toth will exhibit the work of Cuban artists including Frank later this year in New York and Los Angeles."