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Sandra Ramos, Maquinaria para ahogar las penas, 1999, mixed media and video installation, 170x170x120 cm
Sandra Ramos, Maquinaria para ahogar las penas, 1999, mixed media and video installation, 170x170x120 cm

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Internationally renowned Cuban artist, Sandra Ramos,  came of age in an Era of economic crisis when Russian abandonment and a tightened United States embargo forced Cubans to realize that the utopia promised by the Revolution had fallen away. Classically trained, she is in the forefront of a new generation of artists who began to question their education and Cuban society.
References to classical literature and popular culture as well as deflating caricatures of Fidel, George Washington, Uncle Sam and the elite of the Soviet Pantheon appear in her commentary.  Self portraits -- either as la pionera, a school girl in the red uniform of the Revolution, or as Alice in Wonderland confronting the madness of adults in power, are also incorporated in her highly personal art.
Like Gulliver, Sandra is a traveler and now lives in Miami. This city’s chaotic expressways, consumerism and high rise buildings are new subjects.  Sandra/Alice  reappears here, illuminated surrealistically by rays from a mysterious orb and surrounded by the glorious spring flowering of a Tabebuia tree. Not indigenous, like many things in Miami, this tree also grows profusely in Cuba.

Diane Camber

 

 Sandra Ramos lives and works in Havana, Cuba. She has exhibited extensively for over twenty years at venues which include Museo Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska; Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Ringling Museum, Tampa, FL; Miura Museum of Art, Matsuyama, Japan and Urasoe Museum, Okinawa, Japan. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, among many others world wide. Ramos is teacher at The Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, and a curator since 1996 of Cuban contemporary art exhibitions. She has presented at conferences and workshops in international institutions including: National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; The University of Havana; L' Ecole deux Beaux Arts, Paris; Barbican Center in London; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Lowe Art Museum, Florida University, Miami and Fuchu Art Museum,Tokyo, Japan. She is featured in the Cuban Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.