As a child growing up, Nayda Cuevas only knew of a beautiful Puerto Rico, one with weekends spent at the beach of Dorado, hikes through El Yunque, and grandma’s cooking. She knew nothing of the dark history of the relationship between the United States and the island. Nor did she know that when, as an adult, she began looking into the tragic effects of that history on her very own family, she would be warned more than once to be careful who she spoke with and what use she made of the information she discovered. Apparently it could still be dangerous to look too closely into the events concerning the Nationalist Party in Puerto Rico.
Puerto ameRican: the Untold story of Pedro Albizu Campos, Angel Ramos Torres and the U.S. is a self published Art book by Nayda Cuevas that tells this story that has been hidden for so long. But rather than a general history, Ms. Cuevas introduces us to this period in PR and US relations through her personal family narrative and artwork, which bring alive the actual players in the drama that occurred during Puerto Rico’s Nationalist movement in the 1930s and 1940s. For those near NYC come visit the Art Exhibition At The Clemente Center NYC on January 19th 6pm Open Art Reception, exhibition open from Jan. 19- Feb. 23- open daily 3:30-7pm.

#Latina:Reclaiming the Latina tag is a series composed of 100 portraits. My series entitled #Latina: Reclaiming the Latina tag aims to create further dialogue outside of cyber space by engaging in traditional forms of portrait painting. Reclaiming the Latina Tag blog exists on the social media Tumblr and the creator has encouraged women to join her in taking back the hashtag. In other words to post selfies of a non hypersexualized image of what it truly means to be or look like a Latina. The goal of the blog is to have a safe, respectful community for all Latina women on social media. For me the blog also points out the diversity within the social construct of the word Latino.

To see my artistic process visit my blog: naydaaurora dot blogspot dot com