Thursday, June 8, 2017

Puerto ameRican the untold story of Albizu, Angel, and the USA


My self published book is at the printers and will be available at the end of June 2017. Purchase will be made available soon, email me at naydacuevas@yahoo.com to be added to the list and receive a link to purchase.

The project as ben invited to showcase at the Abrazos Gallery at the Clemente Center in New York in the Winter, dates to be announced.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Puerto ameRican by Nayda A. Cuevas


What can I say about the Current state of the Beautiful place I was born, Puerto Rico? Many of us who have left the island may return to the island they once left as a child. Some do not return. I have been fortunate to visit every year, family and friends since I departed at the age of 10.

I call upon all my Puerto Ricans outside of the island and others to learn about Puerto Ricos’ history and relationship with the United States. I finally found my place in history and it’s a controversial history many outside of the island may be unaware of. Because if we were not taught in school or in our homes about this history, How else would we be aware of it?

My new Art project/ book will come out at time where people ask;
 What will happen to Puerto Rico? Statehood? Independence?

I think that before anyone can answer or give an opinion about this question people should read up on the long (100 years) of the political history between Puerto Rico and the USA.

Preview to my book Cover. COMING SOON!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Uncovering Suppressed Histories Between Puerto Rico and the US


As a child growing up, I only knew of a beautiful Puerto Rico, one with weekends spent at the beach of Dorado, hikes through El Yunque, and grandma’s cooking. I knew nothing of the dark history of the relationship between the United States and the island. Nor did I know that when, as an adult, I began looking into the tragic effects of that history on my very own family, I would be warned more than once to be careful who I spoke with and what use I made of the information I discovered. Apparently it could still be dangerous to look too closely into the events concerning the Nationalist in Puerto Rico.

It Wasn’t Our Choice: The Untold Histories Between Puerto Rico and the United States, Pop Up show by (me) Nayda Cuevas was an event that encouraged conversation about the creative process and journey that I embarked to uncover my family’s history. My soon to be released book, PUERTO ameRICAN is the artistic result in response to the historical findings and tells this story that has been hidden for so long. But rather than a general history, I introduces viewers to this period in PR and US relations through my personal narrative and artwork, which bring alive the actual players in the drama that occurred during Puerto Rico’s Nationalist movement in the 1930s and 1940s. 


 
Rafael Ortiz Pacheco 1936
 
I think about Angel Ramos Torres (my great grandfather) relationship with Ortiz Pacheco. They were compadres and in my search I could not find any information on Ortiz Pacheco after the attempted arrest in 1936. Historians note that after a year he returned to the island with no charges pending and was able to continue practicing law and become a judge in the town of Ponce. At a time of persecution and violence, fear and secrecy had been burned in the Puerto Ricans collective psyche. I suspect all of Ortiz Pacheco’s records were removed by the FBI as part of a deal he made to be an informant, how else would he be able to continue practicing law in PR?
My Families inheritance Document in 1948

Rafael Ortiz Pacheco was compadres with my great grandparents Angel Ramos Torres and Maria Otilia Peña. Here he is the one helping my great grandmother receive inheritance left behind by Ramos Torres after an unexpected "Car Accident."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

one page of the thousands on Pedro Albizu Campos secret FBI file

My first evidence to support the family' suspicion that maybe my great grandfather 
Angel Ramos Torres did not die in a car accident.


 
This document states my great grandfather as the president of the nationalist party in his home town of Aguas Buenos. The witness of his wedding was Rafael Ortiz Pacheco, listed here as the treasurer. Both Pedro Albizu Campos and Rafael Ortiz Pacheco were Compadres of Angel Ramos Torres (godparents of Angels first two children)
Pedro Albizu Campos graduated from Harvard Law was a lawyer, politician, and the leading figure in the Puerto Rican Nationalist movement.
Rafael Ortiz Pacheco was a lawyer, served in armed forces, and was accused taking part of tying to overthrow the US government from PR.
 
 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Day one at MASS MoCA/Assetts fro Artist Residency 2016

Working at Mass MoCA/ Assets for Artist residency. Celebrating one year anniversary sense my first residency here, and happy to have been one of the artist selected in the first group last year
October 2015. Blair Benjamin, Emily Edwards & Briana Halpin are a great team supporting artists. I cant say enough about this amazing residency, Museum, town, and great people.
Thank you Blair for allowing me to return and work in this great community!
My Historical identity project has taken me to explore silkscreen. I am happy working in another medium, but find I do not have much patience for the silk screen process.

My body is in a lot more pain than if I were painting. It requires more moving and pulling!

I expect the finished product of this project to honor my great grandfather Angel Ramos Torres.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How I uncovered my Puerto Rican History-Historical Identity Art Project


Excited to celebrate 1 year anniversary with MASS Moca/Assets for Artist Residency. I will be returning to continue my silk screen images on my Historical Identity Art Project.

The goal for this project is to conclude in remembering and uncovering a family member’s life, suppressed for three generations by fear. Created by The Colonial rule of the United States over Puerto Rico. I recently learned that Puerto Rico was not given an opportunity to fight for its Independence. The main character in the Independence movement in PR was Pedro Albizu Campos. In my experience he was often referred to as that crazy Nationalist. Little did I know or care to know and maybe could have never imagined what occurred in Puerto Rico in the 30’s and 40’.

Have you ever asked yourself: What is the relationship with the United States and Puerto Rico?
Who is Pedro Albizu Campos?
stay tuned for more details...

Vintage bottle from Manantial Las Palmas: Where I wan informed my great grandfather was the chemical engineer and many Nationalist worked.  Location Caguas PR.


My journey in Uncovering my Great Grandfathers relationship and participation with Don Pedro and the Nationalist Movement. Angel Ramos Torres life will not be forgotten!