CountyPrince George's County
Artist StatementI am a product of two cultures: I grew up in Cuba, but have lived most of my life in the United States. In college I studied aerospace engineering, and as a child I learned to draw from comics. My early love for making art took a backseat to my love of science during my late teens and early twenties, only to reemerge as an increasingly major passion over the next several decades. Whereas science has allowed me to better understand how our physical world functions, art has deepened my appreciation of the boundless possibilities of the imagination. My themes and subjects are driven by mood and events that seize my attention at a particular moment. Though nature is my primary source of inspiration, people, culture, politics, poetry, and the desire to explore concepts that cannot be explained through objective study also inspire me. I often start with a general idea, sometimes vague, and let my mind wander, trusting that a dialogue will emerge between me and my work that guides me towards an emotionally satisfying piece. I find most satisfaction when I let go and allow my gestures to flow and challenge me, as I have learned over time that playing it safe results in unfulfilling work. And when all is said and done, like most artists and thinkers, I am a thief of sorts.
I started to teach myself to paint in the early 1970's after graduating from college with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. During the 80's and early 90's painting took backseat to my children's activities, as I was a Brownie leader, Cub Scout leader, and coached sports for many years for the local Boys and Girls Club. In the mid-90's I began to paint more actively again, and in the last several years I have also become a sculptor. Aside from showing in a number of local venues, publications, and juried exhibitions, my work can also be found in private collections in various parts of the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. I have also volunteered my talents at various charity and community events.
When I retired from the University of Maryland in January 2007, I began to take art classes, a journey that has not only been fun and has allowed me to meet many wonderful people, but has also helped me grow tremendously as an artist. In May 2012 I received my BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland. and in May 2015 I received my BA in Art History. I continue to take classes in order to grow while still making art.