Gilberto Ruiz - paintings
Region: Central America and the Caribbean
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Artist: Gilberto Ruiz (b. 1950)
Confronting Bodies: Cuban government
Dates of Action: 1980
Description of Artwork: His work consists of figurative paintings often multimedia.
The Incident: "I attempted to study graphic design in Havana, the school authorities didn't allow me. The option was between scenic or interior design. At twenty-two I felt frustrated and tired. The frustration in Cuba is on a national and individual level; artistic experimentation is limited by the political circumstances..."
Results of Incident: Ruiz left Cuba via Mariel to Key West, Florida in 1980. He now resides in New York City.
Source: Outside Cuba", ed. Ileana Fuentes-Perez, Graciella Cruz-Taura, Ricardo Pau-Llosa