The Way Beyond

This project is part of a never-ending search for answers related to my identity and family ancestry. A process that included hours of conversation with my ancestors, as well as a whole fieldwork which led me to meetings with several anthropologists that helped my researches and also countless visits to the communities of Haitian origin which were created in Cuba during slavery, bringing with them a rich cultural heritage from West Africa.

I create a universe in which I very often mix self-portraiture with an iconography through which I try to use a metaphorical language inspired by the rituals of faith and dances that induce the trance connecting us with the spiritual world, but also highlighting key elements within these cultures, many of which have as their backbone the love and respect for nature as well as for the ancestors.

This project is fuelled by my interpretation of family stories, my own dreams, but also inspired by what I’ve read in some stories from African Mythology and cosmogony which have shaped the way knowledge and wisdom are shared in certain cultures through oral tradition.

Self-portraiture is one of the tools which has helped me throughout the creative process to connect directly with the story I want to tell, not only from the aesthetic point of view on the idea that I have visually preconceived, but it makes me an active participant of it.

The intense dark tones on my images do not seek to emphasize my ethnocultural background but just to hide what I don’t want to be seen. Like secrets that are not meant to be revealed, as well as the invisible, but also leading the viewer to focus just on the very tiny details I want the attention upon, where frequently what you see is not what you think it is.

Every single element in my work plays a role as I leave very little room for randomness.

My creative process is rather a kind of “journey” where every single piece I create is part of a puzzle which I hope one day would lead me to beginning to understand, accept, adapt as well as respect both who I am and where I come from, in order to better assimilate the unknown.
 Destiny, 2011.
120 x 80 cm
 Hidden secrets, 2022.
100 x 150 cm
 Catharsis, 2023.
120 x 80 cm
 Just part of me, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Guardians, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Untitled, 2024.
120 x 80 cm
 If you don’t know, do not try to get in, 2022.
120 x 120 cm
 Hunjènukon, 2024.
150 x 100 cm
 Les Mystères, 2023.
150 x 100 cm
 And I invoke them…, 2021.
120 x 80 cm
 Shelter of wisdom, 2022.
200 x 130 cm
 Lespwa fe viv ( Hope keeps you alive), 2022.
150 x 100 cm
 Sewa, 2011.
150 x 100cm
 ... But you don’t know me, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Impasse, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Devotion, 2023.
150 x 100 cm
 Reborn, 2021.
120 x 80 cm
 And one day we become..., 2011.
120 x 80 cm
 Ear does not go over head ( Oreja no pasa cabeza), 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Offering is a pleasure, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 My mama told me…, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Mourning, 2024.
150 x 100 cm
 Maroons spirit, 2021.
120 x 80 cm
 Between sacred riverbeds, 2022.
150 x 100 cm
 Carlota’s offering, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Aifoya, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Messenger, 2023.
80 x 80 cm
 Untitled, 2022.
 100 x 150cm
 Transitions, 2023.
120 x 80 cm
 Faith is not a burden, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Levitans, 2022.
150 x 100 cm
 The sounds of the silence could heal your Wings, 2023.
100 x 100 cm
 The challenge of Manawee, 2022.
80 x 80 cm
 Pride, 2021.
120 x 80 cm
 Evil's Sight, 2002
100 x 66 cm
 Healing, 2022.
120 x 120 cm
 Revered, 2021.
120 x 120 cm
 Fruitful Tree, 2022.
150 x 100 cm
 Some stories remain untold, 2022.
120 x 80 cm
 Farewell, 2023.
60 x 60cm
 Legacy, 2023.
100 x 150 cm
 Notes on syncretism, 2022.
80 X 80 cm
 Prayers, 2023.
100 x 150 cm
 The keeper, 2023.
120 x 120cm
 Resistance, 2021.
120 x 80 cm
 Presence, 2021.
120 x 80 cm
 Jíbaro ( Wild), 2021.
120 x 80 cm