Manuel Lopez OIiva is one of the active painters most recognized and authentic of Cuban art.  There is a particular mixture in his art between meaning and the visual structure.  Theater expressions and masquerade form part of his artistic language.  The artist sees the theater play beyond the “art of acting” and the very stage.  For him the theatre exists in carnival too, in rituals and ceremonies where mask become a real face.  This way, he establishes a link between spectator and symbol, but he makes life become an animated representation of its sentry, as well as the ancient legends which govern the human behavior.