Renaissance men: Exhibit honors artists who brought Afro-Cuban experience into focus

Afro-Cuban Artists postcard

People are complicated — artists, especially so.

No matter how solitary their process, no artist can be considered an island. Consciously or not, they internalize outside conversations and concerns, translating them into something distinctly their own.

Notions that seem simple on the surface are revealed as complex as narratives collide and art forms engage each other in a sensory dance.

But when artists create from an island as fraught with cultural commotion as Cuba, some of that complexity and nuance can get lost in the hundreds of miles of sea between our nations.

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