The sculpture dedicated to Bola de Nieve (Snowball), artistic name embracing Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernandez, Cuban singer, composer and pianist, was inaugurated in Guanabacoa, his hometown, in presence of its creator, Sancti Spiritus artist Felix Madrigal.
By Manuel Echevarria Gomez
The sculpture dedicated to Bola de Nieve (Snowball), artistic name embracing Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernandez, Cuban singer, composer and pianist, is to be inaugurated on Monday 19th in Guanabacoa, his hometown, in presence of Sancti Spiritus artist Felix Madrigal who fathered the work, Abel Prieto, Culture Minister and some other important personalities.
The sculpture is made of the musician’s figure seated at the piano stool while interpreting one of his songs.
Madrigal, experienced enough in this kind of sculptures, accepts the challenge of giving life to such an amazing figure like El Bola, a genuine Cuban representative in the most demanding international scenarios.
The piece was finished in about two months and it will be exposed in Guanabacoa’s museum, where light was also shed on Cuban celebrities such as Lecuona and Rita Montaner.
The icon of Cuban idiosyncrasy was born in Guanabacoa, on September 11th, 1911 and passes away in Mexico City, on October 2nd, 1971, though his remains rest in Cuba.