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Untitled (Barcos en el Horizonte), mixed media on wood, 31x47, 2009
 
Untitled (Barcos en el Horizonte), mixed media on wood, 31x47, 2009      [ Buy ]

Roberto Diago

This extraordinary piece by Roberto Diago ("Diago") makes reference to the African/Yoruba deity Yemaya who rules over the oceans and is the much worshipped patron saint of Havana's port. The ocean is also a likely reference to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the vestiges of slavery in Cuba, a common theme in the artist's work. Found wood is one of the materials frequently employed by Diago, representing the poverty of materials available to many Cubans, especially Cubans of color. As a young artist during Cuba's critical "special period" when art supplies were nonexistent, he  himself used to scavenge for found materials in the streets of Havana.
Untitled 1(Torso with Necklace) 2015 mixed media on canvas, 51x39.5
Untitled 2 (Face with Seam) 2015, 31.5x24 mixed media on canvas
Untitled (Barcos en el Horizonte), mixed media on wood, 31x47, 2009
Untitled 4 (Cielo), mixed media and paint on canvas, 2006, 38.5x25.5
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