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Cuba's growing trendiness on the international market, combined with the state's topsy-turvy labor regulations, is making the country's artists some of the richest people on the island.That has created a tiny class of artists who are wealthy by Cuban standards and can divide their time between the island and countries such as the U.S. or Spain. They can duck Cuba's roughly 50 percent income tax on works sold outside Cuba.Cuban economist Arturo Lopez-Levy, a lecturer at the University of Denver, said that under the island's bifurcated economy most people earn puny state salaries while those with access to foreign money like the top-end artists can live like kings.A lot of three pieces by a pair of artists who call themselves Los Carpinteros captured $60,000 .Top painters, sculptors and other artists, for instance, are among the very few Cubans who regularly patronize high-priced private restaurants that cater mainly to foreigners.For the artists themselves, the situation is a lucky combination of the quality of their art and an economy that has left them in a position of unexpected privilege.
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