- Posted June 13, 2012 by
MiAMI BEACH, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Art where you live
Cuban art in Miami
In Miami Cuban art is probably the most common due to the vicinity of Cuba to Miami. Cuban art is a very diverse cultural blend of African ,European and North American design. I personally was captured by the symbolism in this Mural and therefore asked the artist Carlos Navarro ,a Cuban American the meaning of this painting. He said that every American President in the Castro era needed to be represented.with corresponding bits of information attached since Castro took over.
.Eisenhower was president during the beginning of his term and Cuba and the States were still on friendly terms thus the flowers below him.
Kennedy's was placed over the toilet once the Bay of Pigs fiasco occurred .
The Presidents after that all have graffiti scratched below them.A newspaper of the Kennedy assassination is seen below the portrait of Johnson .Reagan's portrait has been smashed and Bush's, though new,is very worn and the glass smashed as well.
Obama is the only color portrait of the group which is stll intact with a nameplate, the others are penciled in.
Carlos A. Navarro a Cuban American artist received a full scholarship to Princeton University from which he graduated..
He also received a full scholarship from Gainsville University in Florida.
Today he incorporates history in his art and paints pieces that are relevant.