Ibrahim Miranda (born 1969) is a painter, engraver, professor, and pioneer of contemporary Cuban art. His technique of texturally layering maps and images allows him to reimagine the borders of Cuba, expanding the possibilities for all that the country can represent. He explores themes of isolation and metamorphosis through the changing psychological landscape of his cartographic work, entwining it with his own personal history and relationship to the land. Miranda’s Mapaglifos series imaginatively redefines the borders of cities as animals, ascribing symbolic meaning to each metropolis and chronicling the shape-shifting nature of our annexed world.
Miranda is a native of Pinar del Rio. He studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, and shortly after graduation began exhibiting work in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and the United States. A masterful innovator of printmaking and cartography, Miranda’s prints are exhibited globally with permanent collections in The Museum of Modern Art of New York, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Casa de las Americas in Cuba. He currently lives and works in Havana, Cuba.
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Spotlight: Cuban ArtJosé Ángel Vincench & Ibrahim Miranda June 5, 2021International awareness of the persecution of Cuban artists has ebbed and flowed for decades. The latest chapter of this story was the momentous, globally-backed release of 33-year-old Cuban dissident Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara this week. An opinion columnist at the Wall Street Journal analyzed his release, noting America’s romanticized interested in Fidel Castro’s regime that obscured years of silent struggle: 'Intellectuals have long celebrated the revolutionary chic of Fidel Castro because he was anti-American. Never mind that Cuba violently suppresses thought and creativity....The despots’ playbook for six decades has been...