Sandra Ramos is of a generation of Havana artists who refer to the dream and reality of exile and the emotional scarring and loss of family ties and friendship as a result of the continuing flow of refugees from Cuba. She portrays herself in much of her work as a Cuban Pioneer Girl (Cuba’s version of the Girl Scouts). Like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, she uses the genre of self-portraiture for the expression of personal anguish.
Her work is a reflection on Cuba as an island. “Water.” Ramos has said, “is a naturally determining element in the destinies of my country.” She considers the shipwreck a recurrent theme in contemporary society: “Physical shipwreck, sentimental shipwreck, economic shipwreck, political shipwreck.”
Born in 1969, Ramos was educated at Havana’s Superior Institute of Art. She has received scholarships and residencies in the US, Japan, England and Italy, and participated in conferences about her art and about Cuban art in institutions and universities in Cuba, England, France, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela and the US.
Her work has been reproduced in numerous books, catalogs, and magazines. Ramos lives and works in Havana, Cuba.