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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



Un Lugar Distante (A Distant Place)

Rafael Soriano, 1972

oil on canvas
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Milagros Soriano, 2012.31.1
© 1972, Rafael Soriano

óleo sobre tela
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación de Milagros Soriano, 2012.31.1
© 1972, Rafael Soriano


After migrating to Miami in 1962 in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, Soriano embarked on a new semiabstract visual vocabulary that helped him transform his feelings of nostalgia for home and country into a creative process of spiritual renewal. The fiery yellows, radiant oranges, and rich browns suggest the sultry climate of the Caribbean, but the fantastic quality of the landscape indicates a personal journey into undiscovered realms dense with cosmic undertones.
Después de inmigrar a Miami en 1962 a raíz de la revolución cubana, Soriano emprendió un nuevo vocabulario visual semiabstracto que le ayudó a transformar sus sentimientos de nostalgia por su hogar y su país en un proceso creativo de renovación espiritual. Los amarillos fogosos, naranjas radiantes e intensos marrones sugieren el abrasador clima del Caribe, pero el carácter fantástico del paisaje indica una travesía personal hacia mundos inéditos, repletos de matices cósmicos.






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