¨Ibrahim Miranda Ramos uses maps of Cuba as the foundation of this eloquent series of paintings. Known for his earlier work with patchwork blankets, transforming them into artistic statements of tradition, home life and the pieced together quality of the multiculturalism on this secluded island, Ibrahim one again gives the feeling of pieces coming together to make a unified whole with the installation shown here. Using an unconventional material to paint with, Ibrahim chose Mercurochrome to create his own personal landscapes. Put on wounds to cleanse and to help the healing process begin, Mercurochrome is known for it´s bright orange color. This color does not conceal a wound, but rather, draws attention to it, letting anyone who sees it know that this wound is fresh and may never fully heal. Ibrahim creates his biomorphic landscapes on the surface of these maps almost completely obliterating any trace of the landmass below. He gives us small glimpses of the original surface, as if he is in the process of sculpting new topography over the old wounds of Cuba¨. (Made in Cuba, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, USA (2002)).
Ibrahim Miranda Ramos graduated from the ISA in 1993. He was an artist in residence at the GRAPHIC STUDIO, USF College of Fine Art, Tampa, Florida (2000), the Ecole Cantonale de l´Art du Valais, Sierre, Switzerland (1998), and the Brandywine Graphics Workshop, Philadelphia (1999). He won the prize for illustration in the X Biennial of Latin American Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1993). He shows his work internationally and nationally: ARCO 2001. (Switzerland) (2000); HIDDEN IMAGES, work on paper by Contemporary Cuban Artists. Lehigh University Art Galleries. La Huella Múltiple. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales. (Havana) (1999); Afro-Cuban Contemporary Graphic Art. Proyecto Cubrecamas 1997-1998. Svenska Kubanska Aso. Galleri José Martí. Stocolm (Sweden) (1997), among others.