Cristina Figuredo

Contact Information:

524 Ridgewood Road
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
phone: (305) 812-2045


Artist Statement:

An art historian by training, I studied in Spain, Italy and England through Florida State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the History and Criticism of Art. This training and life experience led me to my present artistic endeavors. One of the goals of my work is the preservation of my family's history and life in Cuba pre-1959 in pictorial form. The art I create is a mixture of all my interests. It involves history, family, photography, 8mm film, painting, sculpture, digital media and literature, all providing to me a vision and reflection of a Cuba that once was.

I owe my beginnings in painting to a coming together of timing and preparation. Master Painter Baruj Salinas invited me to paint under his instruction after I had graduated from the university. My first influences were from my studies with photography, drawing and sculpture; it was not until I discovered painting that I knew where my passion belonged.

I always wanted to preserve or create something with the 8mm 50 year-old movies my grandfather passed to me. The flash of images--crystal water streaming behind my grandfather and his friends sport fishing, my mother and uncle jumping on mattresses in front of antique headboards as little kids, with my grandparents dancing to songs in the background. It was not until after my grandfather had given me this gift that I found the luck of having preparation and timing meet for me. I had found my form of expression with which I was finally comfortable and in which I had discovered purpose and direction.

My calling to create this work stemmed from my identification with Cuba as a homeland and a culture that I have never been able to experience first hand. I have always longed to go to Cuba. Since I have not been able to, I sought this work as a means to interpret the way things were at one point in order to preserve my roots and heritage that have changed over the last 50 years, and in a way to identify myself more with Cuba in a means that I can participate with Cuban culture.

Hatuey (2004)
Acrylic, oils & inks on canvas 30 x 36 inches

El Tunel (2004)
Acrylic, oils & inks on canvas 11 x 14 inches

Palmas Abstractas (2004)
Acrylic, oils & inks on canvas 20 x 30 inches

Trabajadores (2003)
Acrylic, oils & inks on canvas 20 x 30 inches

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