Cuban Hero Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez addresses the event (Source: dangcongsan.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – A painting exhibition was held in Hanoi on April 24 to introduce the Cuban identity through butterflies’ image and a poem collection by Cuban Hero Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez to Vietnamese people.

The event drew Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera, deputy head of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee for Commission for External Relations Nguyen Tuan Phong, representatives from the embassies of some Latin American countries, and the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association, and Cuban alumni.

According to Vice President of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association Nguyen Duy Cuong, the event aims to introduce paintings and poems of Cuban authors to Vietnamese people, thus increasing Vietnamese people’s understanding of the land, culture and people of Cuba as well as the friendship and solidarity between the two countries.

Cuong said that Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez is one of the five anti-terrorism heroes of Cuba. In the jail, he composed poems and painted. He has published five collections of poems, many of which were translated into many languages, including the “The truth names me” collection.

He has also organised 13 painting exhibitions with various themes, including the “Cuban identity though butterflies’ image” which features 12 paintings of some typical butterflies of Cuba.

Addressing the event, Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez said that thanks to the Vietnam-Cuba friendship and solidarity founded by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro, he has a chance to introduce his art works in Vietnam.

He said that painting butterflies reminds him of his childhood and butterflies he saw on Santa Maria beach, which makes he feel free and full of love for his country and people. Butterflies have also inspired many artists of Cuba, he added.-VNA