Ibrahim Miranda


Ibrahim Miranda (born 1969), painter, engraver and professor, is one of the most in-demand Cuban artists. Miranda explores this theme of isolation and separateness by creating maps that morph into the shape of a mental landscape, sometimes forming the shape of an animal which then defines a state of mind.  Ibrahim is known as one of Cuba's innovators and in 1993 he found a bridge between science and art. His working method is simple: he removes atlas pages from their original binding, makes his selection (no matter whether the pages chosen refer to hydraulic resources or the country's politico-economic boundaries) and reassembles them, usually in threes. In this way, he defines the 'paper framework' that will provide the basis of the future piece. He then traces copies which appear like x-rays of the maps themselves, very similar to the bone structures of their human and animal inhabitants. Onto this basic skeleton, he adds silkscreen or woodcut prints and drawings. For Miranda, printing onto maps is a dynamic, open-ended process similar to the processes unfolding in nature on the island and in those who live there.