Magazine June 27, 2016, Issue

Signed: El Sexto

Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado (Oslo Freedom Forum)
A rebel, artist, and sometime political prisoner from Cuba

Oslo — Article 39 of the Cuban constitution states that “artistic creativity is free as long as its content is not contrary to the Revolution.” Danilo Maldonado Machado, a.k.a. “El Sexto,” does not obey. He is a Cuban street artist and human-rights activist. He has been in and out of prison many times. In 2014, he took two pigs and painted names on them: “Fidel” and “Raúl.” He was referring to his country’s brother dictators, of course. And he had been inspired by Animal Farm, Orwell’s novella of 1945. Obviously, this act earned him a prison sentence.

In 2015, he received

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