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Cenia Gutierrez Alfonso

Mystical imagery paints Cuban dreams

Cenia began painting as a small child and continues today to create folk paintings and ink drawings in Cienfuegos, Cuba. She studied the work of master painters from her area and learned from their styles. Representing her community in her paintings through their legends, popular beliefs, fiestas, and religions, she enjoys capturing the lives of those around her on canvas. She is particularly known in her community as the “painter of guijes,” or fairies and mystical figures.

Of her work, Cenia says, “It is about materializing dreams, reflecting the world that surrounds me, where urban and rural life intermingle in a macro world of poetry and experience.” Through her paintings, she hopes people will learn about Cuba, its history, and traditions.