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 but are not limited to 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 Kreyol. As a Lead Teaching Artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami since 2008, she introduces, children, youth and adults to the power of art and ideas through contemporary art.

Miami is not Cuba

Cubans as a people and nation are the result of the mixing of two major ethnic groups and cultures. Fernando Ortiz was the first to analyze and write broadly about this describing “U.S.” as an AJIACO or stew, not only genetically but culturally. Spain and Africa are the two major components of this mixture. From Africa, there are Lucumi, Yoruba, Nigerian, and Sierra Leonean influences, among others. The Basque, Canary Islands, and other ethnic groups form the parts from Spain. To a lesser degree, Chinese, Arab, Yucatec (Mexico), and Amerindian.

 

Claiming ALL of my heritage. 

My personal family heritage on my dad's side is Basque, from Spain/France who arrived in Cuba more that 100 years ago. The Basque people have been fighting for self-determination from Spain since the XIX century.  On mom's side her grandmother is from Vera-Cruz, Mexico and was taken to Cuba when she was a young girl, until her last breath she asserted her identity as Mexican from Mayan descent.  She was short, dark skinned with straight hair.

 

Transcultural

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

About Latinx description

I think this term came about in the United States as an attempt to loosely group immigrants and their descendants from Latin America as gender neutral, instead of Latina or Latino. I think especially U.S. born descendants of Latinos find this category useful as a way to be considered more “Americans” than their immigrant parents. 

Human species

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

Race is defined as “a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits” (a social construct).

 

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

Multi-ethic involves or pertains to two or more distinct ethnic groups.