Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is a Cuban artist and activist whose public work has subjected him to ongoing repression and imprisonment at the hands of the Castro dictatorship. A target of the Cuban government, he has been detained numerous times for his protest art.
In December 2014, El Sexto was arrested on his way to exhibit a performance art piece called “Rebelión en la Granja,” with two pigs decorated with the names “Fidel” and “Raúl.” El Sexto was charged with contempt and imprisoned for 10 months without a trial. In May 2015, he was awarded the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent by Human Rights Foundation and Amnesty International named him a Prisoner of Conscience. He was finally released on October 20, 2015, following pressure from international human rights groups.
Most recently, El Sexto was arrested again on November 26, 2016, the morning after Fidel Castro’s death. Just hours after Castro’s death was announced, he took to the streets and sprayed “Se Fue,” or “He’s Gone,” across La Habana Libre. He was imprisoned for two months without trial. He was finally released on January 21, 2017.