I immigrated to the US in 1993 from Cuba. I was 22 years old when I came to Florida from a small old town in the central area of Cuba called Santa Clara. I brought no more than two valuable things, my worn-out brushes and a great dream. The dream was to one day become a professional artist in this new land that welcomed me with open arms.
I was born on July 6, 1971. As a child I developed a deep love for the beauty of the countryside and the exquisite architecture of my hometown. I participated in drawing contests at the tender age of 9, where landscapes were always my favorite theme. When I became an adolescent I began taking art classes at the local school and later decided to devote myself to painting and craft work to support my parents financially.
When I arrived in the United States I began to pursue my goals, and like all beginnings for an immigrant painter, I began to paint anything that was requested of me, such as, still life, landscapes or portraits.
Later in 1999 I devoted myself to painting murals and decorative effects. Then in 2003 I received my American citizenship, and one year later I created my own corporation called Artistic Illusions Painting, Inc., registered in the state of Florida. Subsequently, I took classes to excel in art at the art academy of the Venezuelan-American Professor Abdon Romero.
Today I paint for a living, from my own studio in Miami. The beauty of the Everglades and the Floridian wildlife captivates me. My work centers on the close relationship of life and who we are within the natural world around us, which asks us to respect and care for it.
Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas
Associate of Arts, 1989