Because I was born in Cuba and have lived most of my adult life in the U.S., my artistic and emotional links to my Latin roots are intertwined with influences from North American art and culture.
Art provides a means for leaving the past behind and not getting lost in the limbo between the old and the new life. Art is of great help to the immigrant, allowing him to transform the chaos of his life into a positive vision.
Art heals the spirit by virtue of the creative act, which helps us to find a new identity in our memories and myths. The act of painting becomes the act of memory, a line drawn from the present to the past and back again, establishing our identity as a person.
We seek continuity in the face of disjuncture. And we find it by making ourselves the hero of our own personal odyssey.
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I immigrated to the USA (Miami) in 1961, and moved to Chicago in 1962 for better economical and educational opportunities. Loved the city and the people, will die here.
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