Private Property
Acrylic on canvas – 24" x 36"

The system of color coding of license plates in Cuba was copied from the former Soviet Union to help authorities keep tabs on people and their vehicles. The government owns most cars which have blue plates and letters that indicate when and where the vehicles can operate and whether the driver can use it for personal use as well as professional reasons. Executives at government-run firms get caramel-colored plates. Military vehicles have mint green, rear only plates; Interior Ministry cars (like that of the Castros) sport olive green plates; and black plates are reserved for diplomats.

Most of the half century old American vehicles that help give Cuba its retro atmosphere are owned privately, and are driven as taxis and for private use, and have yellow-orange tags. The Oldsmobile in my painting is one of these, and the driver is waiting for a fare across from the home of Raul Castro in the center of Old Havana.

George H. Rothacker - Havana '59 - Private Property

Painting: Price on request

Print: $65 +tax and shipping