The importance of this document is that it introduces the portfolio, Cuba-Colombia, raíces comunes, which broadened the work of the Corporación Prográfica (1977–87), directed by the printmaker and painter, Pedro Alcántara Herrán (b. 1942) and the film producer, María Eudoxia Arango. In particular, this portfolio compiled texts by writers and art critics as well as artworks from both countries by artists with outstanding experience, many of whom shared political commitments.
The Corporación Prográfica first entered the public eye with its portfolio, El graficario de la lucha popular en Colombia (1977), and it maintained cultural ties with socialist countries such as Cuba through the painter, Mariano Rodríguez (1912–1990). In 1980, Rodríguez was appointed director of Casa de las Américas [House of the Americas] (a Cuban cultural institution with great influence in Latin America), following the death of its director and founder, Haydée Santamaría (1922–1980).Starting in the 1960s, the city of Cali led the rise of graphic arts in Colombia, with drawing and printing events on a continental level that were promoted there (see “I Bienal Americana de Artes Gráficas” ). Cali was also a graphic arts center based on the workshops given at the Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia [La Tertulia Museum of Modern Art] and at the Corporación Prográfica. One of the association’s efforts was to promote international agreements that allowed the circulation of works by Colombian artists in socialist countries such as the exhibition, Intergrafik, in [East] Berlin. In addition, it offered affordable printing prices, competitive with those in the Latin American print market.