Interview: Lorena Lorenzo Garcia

Your biography states that you were born during the Communist regime in Havana. What was that like and how do you feel it has translated into your art?

Being born in Havana did influence my art. Up to this day, people still ask me about or admire my bright colors and the style of my artwork because it attracts the viewer’s eye. I would describe it as very tropical and I love using bold lines. I take a lot of influence from Contemporary Cuban painters from the 1950s and 60s who were considered Revolution Art Vanguard. Of course, my teachers at the Visual Art Institute also helped to develop my style and encourage me to keep giving my paintings that “island flavor”— bright colors, shiny tones, varied textures, and bold strokes.