Artist Statement

My artistic approach is born out of the inner voice of a critical thinker, working my way through social issues. My questioning and probing lead to more questions and a deeper search for knowledge and experience. Intuition and the subconscious have a role in my practice. But for me the foundation of my creative work is conscious and purposeful.

Through my art practice, I actively question assumptions and consequences of systems of oppression, educational systems, and social justice. My determination is triggered by my upbringing and experiences as a multi-ethnic, transcultural, Cuban woman, an immigrant and an industrial worker raised in Miami. My personal relationship to colonization, my experience of otherness, resilience, and conflict and need of human solidarity have made it possible for me to identify with cross-cultural social issues. I consider myself a visual activist committed to creativity and social change. I use art as a tool to engage and inspire by spurring new understanding, new ways of looking at social problems, and new ways to solve them.

Biography

Rosa Naday, was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of eight. She studied at the University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. She has participated in international cultural exchanges, artist residencies, exhibition programs, workshops and artist talks in the Caribbean, (Suriname, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Belize, and Cuba) and the United States with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator. Rosa Naday has exhibited in prestigious national and international institutions including Corcoran School of Art and Design, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture, the XII and XIII Bienal de La Habana, Museum of Contemporary Art, UMOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami.

Rosa Naday is a recipient of several grants and artist residencies. These include the Wavemaker Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Artist Access Grant, The Ellies Creator Award, Direct Support to Artist Grant, South Florida Cultural Consortium, and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Catalyst Grant, Equal Justice Thematic International Residency, Vermont Studio Center, ProjectArt, and Art Center South Florida. She is a member of the National Performance Network and Visual Arts Network, (NPN/VAN) and the American Alliance of Museums. She serves as an artist on the board of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI). Rosa Naday speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Creyol. As a Lead Teaching Artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami since 2008, she introduces, children, youths, and adults to the power of art and ideas through contemporary art.

Miami is  not Cuba

We Cubans as a people and a nation are the result of a mixture mainly of two ethnic groups and culture. Fernando Ortiz was the first to analyze and write extensively about this, describing “US” as a cooked or cooked AJIACO, not only genetically but also culturally. Spain and Africa are the two main components of this mix. From Africa, there are Lucumi, Yoruba, Nigerian, Sierra Leonean influences, among others. The Basques, the Canary Islands and other ethnic groups make up the parts of Spain. To a lesser degree, Chinese, Arabs, Yucatecans (Mexico) and Amerindians.

 

Claiming ALL my heritage

My personal family inheritance from my father is Basque, from Spain / France who came to Cuba more than 100 years ago. The Basque people have been fighting from Spain for self-determination since the 19th century. On her mother's side, her grandmother was from Vera-Cruz, Mexico and was taken to Cuba when she was a child, until her last breath she affirmed her identity as a Mexican of Mayan descent. She was short, with dark skin and straight hair.

 

Transcultural

Cross-cultural Relative or involving more than one culture; cross-cultural. Belonging to multiple identity groups, the intersection of those identities, cultural fusions.

About the Latinx description

I think this term emerged in the United States as an attempt to loosely group immigrants and their descendants from Latin America as gender neutral, rather than Latino or Latino. I think that especially US-born Latino descendants find this category useful as a way of being considered more “American” than their immigrant parents. 

Human species

The term race or racial group refers to dividing the human species into groups. The most commonly used human racial types are those based on visual traits such as skin color, facial and cranial features, or hair type. A social construction born of a continuous arrangement of systems of oppression from slavery to the first years of the empire-colonies, imperialism and, in the present, modern capitalism. Modern biology says there is only one human race.

Race is defined as "a category of humanity that shares certain distinctive physical features"

(a social construct).

 

Ethnicity is a broader term than race. The term ethnicity is defined more broadly as "large groups of people categorized according to their common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic or cultural background or origin." Ethnicity is something you learn.

Multicultural involves or belongs to two or more different ethnic groups.

Culture consists of language, ideas, beliefs, customs, taboos, codes, institutions, tools, techniques, works of art, rituals, ceremonies, and symbols. Every human society has its own particular culture, or sociocultural system. Variation among cultures is attributable to such factors as differing physical habitats and resources; the range of possibilities inherent in areas such as language, ritual, and social organization; and historical phenomena such as the development of links with other cultures. An individual's attitudes, values, ideals, and beliefs are greatly influenced by the culture (or cultures) in which he or she lives.