Margarita Cano

 
Margarita Cano, ¡Libertad! (detail), 1994, mixed media on wood, 33 x 15 in.

Margarita Cano, ¡Libertad! (detail), 1994, mixed media on wood, 33 x 15 in.

 

 

 

Margarita Cano’s innocently rendered paintings depict a subject that has captivated her since her exile from Cuba in 1962—the dream of returning to her former home. Cano alludes to biblical allusions expulsion and flight, and suggests the psychological factors that tie people to lands. Cano simultaneously looks backward to a place that no longer exists and looks forward to the hopes—and dangers—of a new dream. 

Cano (b. 1932 in Havana, Cuba) lives and works in Miami. Cano has been an active member of Miami's artistic and literary community for decades and has had solo exhibitions at Miami-Dade College, Miami-Dade Public Library, Books and Books (Coral Gables), and Viota Gallery (San Juan, Puerto Rico).

Cano served on the board of directors of the former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, for which she organized the groundbreaking exhibition "The Miami Generation," which traveled throughout the US. Cano won the Cintas Foundation's 2009 Lifetime Service Award for her work in promoting the arts in South Florida.