Rosa Naday Garmendia | La Habana, Cuba| Lives and works in Miami
As a socially engaged, multidisciplinary artist with a commitment to social change Rosa Naday Garmendia blurs the boundaries of social activism and art making. Her practice is fed by her experiences as a woman, an immigrant and an industrial worker. As an artist activity and inquiry are at the center of what she does. She considers her practice a daily act of resistance. Rosa is an immigrant from a country that has faced hostilities from the United States since 1959. Her work is rooted in her personal relationship to colonization and the ruptures in family heritage that come forth as a result of forced migration.
Garmendia was born in Havana, Cuba. She has pursued her fine art studies at various universities and art institutes, including University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. She has exhibited in Miami, New York, Salt Lake City, Cuba, Guadeloupe and Suriname. She has participated in International Cultural Exchanges and exhibition programs across the Caribbean. Garmendia speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Kreyol and is a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami. She is involved in her community working with children and homeless adults. Through the discourse of artistic representation Rosa continues to reaffirm that she is part of a larger community that transcends geographical borders.
March 4, 2016