Their absence resonates throughout her work. The image of her as a 10-year-old girl is plastered behind a wall of palm trees, trapped on the island. In another piece, her school girl's body lies across a gaping space in the middle of a bridge, trying to connect two separate lands.
"It's a perspective on immigration from those who stay," Ramos said.
Now, Ramos and other Cuban artists, all of whom were raised on the island and have launched international careers from there, are exhibiting their works in
The exhibit is called "One Race" and was launched in
Collectively, the exhibit offers a unique vantage point of the Cuban experience — providing a glimpse of life in the U.S. through the eyes of Sanchez to viewers in
"I think what's important about this exhibit is precisely to get a more realistic view," Ramos said.
Among each other, the artists have explored the revolution that divided them not just with their art, but in words.
"I suffered," Cortada, who was born in
Ramos nodded, but pointed out that their experiences are different.
"I think here in the U.S. there's a very drastic view of the island," she said. "It's a vision from afar, and from stories of parents."
The exhibit is the brainchild of
Montero said that in 38 years working as the museum's curator, no one had approached her with such an idea.
"To me it seemed important because he's an artist who is the son of Cubans and because his work reflects the idiosyncrasy of Cubans and our identity, translated to other lands," said Montero, adding that Sanchez's work was placed in the museum's
Working together, they selected a half-dozen artists from
Painter and illustrator
Many Cuban artists have been able to travel freely since the early 1990s, particularly to
"The kind of work that was so focused on what was happening in
Ramos herself is currently taking part in a six-month artist's residency in
"In life in general, not only in
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