Mi Casa y Yo 2009, Mixed media on wood 39 x 27 inches

Mi Casa y Yo
2009, Mixed media on wood
39 x 27 inches

Roberto Diago

Born in Havana, Cuba, 1971
Lives and works in Havana, Cuba

Roberto Diago's artwork can been read as a form of cultural resistance. His driving influences are evident in this series of paintings: his Afro-Cuban roots, involvement in the Abakuá (a religious male secret society), personal experience and art historical references. Where the Western European movements such as Arte Povera are a reaction to industry, Diago's use of found objects is simply based what materials were available. His use of images charged with symbolism (Yo or self, home, tree) provokes discussion on neglected contemporary issues like racism and poverty. For Diago, the paintings speak about how it feels to be Cuban, to be torn up into pieces and need to be patched together again.

Roberto Diago was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba, and graduated from San Alejandro National Academy of Visual Arts in 1990. He has had solo shows in New York, Havana, Trinidad, Madrid, and New Mexico. His work is held in collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Guislain Etats D'Art Gallery in Paris, and PanAmerican Art Gallery in Texas. He lives and works in Havana.

Image courtesy of the artist and Magnan Metz Gallery, New York.