Remembrance, hint given of what has passed, memento, memory, recognition.
I was born in a small village in Sancti Spiritus, CUBA, as were my parents, and their parents. In November 1969, my parents and my uncle Miguelito packed up their one suitcase with our personal belongings. We boarded the Freedom Flight to Miami, Florida – I was nearing my fourth birthday. The Freedom Flights represented the largest and longest resettlement program of political refugees ever sponsored by the U.S. government, offering an escape from Fidel Castro's Cuba to 265,000 people. A few days we were reunited with the remainder of our family in Union City, New Jersey.
Growing up in Union City, just twenty minutes from New York City gave me access and opportunity to explore some of the best museums and galleries on the east coast. My passion for photography gave birth. I was given my first 35mm camera, a Pentax ME Super in high school. I loved doing street photography. After class, I'd spend the afternoons developing my film and prints at the school lab. Eventually, I set up my personal mini-darkroom in our bathroom at home.
I received my B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design in 1988 from Kean College, now Kean University. Since graduation, I have worked for several prominent advertising and marketing agencies in New York City and New Jersey.
In 2010, I stumbled upon an unexpected and intriguing medium - scanography. The art of taking pictures of objects with a computer scanner and then subjecting them to rearrangement. I like to use a visual grammar employing surrealistic images to evoke memories and emotions important for my formation as a person and artist. My early memories of Cuba lie at the basis of my subject matter. I work mostly with found objects, in order to capture a tactile quality that should be perceivable even in the flat image. You may regard the selected objects that I use as nouns, verbs and adjectives that guide me in a sort of storytelling route to recovery of a memory. The joy of collecting has allowed me to bring together my love for both the two and three dimensional design. My scanner is an endless source of challenges that I find delightful. I enjoy experimenting with light, movement, liquids, depth of field, colors and layers. Every so often, I find myself haunting thrift stores and garage sales for objects that will evoke and express a certain spirit that would be otherwise elusive.
Currently living and working in Jersey City, New Jersey as Visual Artist and Graphic Designer.