Tuesday, January 03, 2017
FREE El Sexto!
"Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth), born April 1, 1983, is a Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist who has been arrested and imprisoned several times by the Castro regime. His graffiti are a form of protest, criticizing the abuse of the Cuban people at the hands of the Castro regime, and he is “frequently detained by the police under any pretext.” He has been called “a graffiti artist who does not forgive the Cuban regime.” A report in April 2015 stated that he was, at that time, “the most persecuted of Cuban artists.”
Cuban writer and artist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo has praised Maldonado as “a free artist widely hated for his courage and his genius.” Cuban dissident Rosa María Payá has said that although born under totalitarianism, Maldonado has somehow managed to be a free spirit and “the Cuban regime does not forgive that.”"