Paul Sierra

Having been born in Cuba but living most of my adult life in the U.S, I find influences from North American art and culture intertwined with my artistic and emotional links to my Latin roots.

Art has provided me a means for leaving the past behind; not getting lost in the limbo between the old and the new. Art is of great help to the immigrant, allowing him to transform the chaos of his life into a positive vision.

Art heals the spirit by virtue of the creative act, which helps us to find a new identify in our memories and myths. The act of painting becomes the act of memory, a line drawn from the present to the past and back again, establishing our identity as a person.

We seek continuity in the face of disjuncture. And we find it by making ourselves the hero of our own personal odyssey.

Dawn, Lincoln Park, 54×64, oil on canvas, 2007


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