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Title: Maria


Medium: Acrylic on 16x20 Stretched Canvas




"Maria" is a poignant portrayal of resilience and identity amidst tragedy, captured on a 16x20 stretched canvas. In this evocative artwork, a Puerto Rican woman stands with solemn dignity, cradling the Puerto Rico flag tenderly against her chest. Her gaze reflects both strength and sorrow, symbolizing the enduring spirit of her homeland in the face of adversity.


Painted during a time of personal and collective anguish, the artist, residing in Okinawa, Japan, bore witness to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria upon their birthplace. From across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, they watched in horror as the storm ravaged Puerto Rico, causing immeasurable suffering to family and friends.


Against a backdrop infused with the vibrant hues of Indio Taino art, the ancestral symbols of Puerto Rico's indigenous people, the woman stands as a testament to the resilience of her heritage. Through the intricate patterns and motifs that adorn the background, the artist honors the island's rich cultural legacy, celebrating its endurance in the face of adversity.


"Maria" transcends mere representation, offering a powerful meditation on the complexities of diaspora, loss, and identity. It serves as a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Puerto Rican people and a poignant reminder of the enduring bonds that unite us across oceans and continents.



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