Cuban-American Artist, Carlos A. Navarro Launches New Website and Social Media Campaign

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Cuban-American artist, Carlos A. Navarro has launched a new website and social media campaign to showcase images of Cuba. His art delights older Cuban generations and is a visual history of the Cuba that exists in their memories. In his efforts to preserve these images of Cuba he has begun to use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to reach young Cuban-Americans and familiarize them with what Cuba once was.

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I tap into what I call instilled memories, if someone mentions El Caballero de Paris, Varadero, El Morro, or Beny More, I may have never experienced any of it, but I know it.

Miami based, pop artist Carlos A. Navarro has launched a website showcasing all his art work, with this site Carlos hopes to preserve these images and memories of Cuba. Carlos also feels it necessary to evoke these images for future Cuban-American generations by reaching out to them via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. He paints images of a Cuba that he does not remember using what he terms ‘instilled memories’. He adds a modern and personal touch to traditional Cuban themes and imagery. His images are a source of happiness and nostalgia for the people from this island nation. For the Cuban-American people, Carlos’ work takes them back to their memories of a Cuba that now only exists in photographs and distant memories.

Carlos has explained his ‘instilled memories’ by saying, "I tap into what I call instilled memories," "If someone mentions El Caballero de Paris, Varadero, El Morro, or Beny More, I may have never experienced any of it, but I know it." For Carlos, the imagery in his paintings is not only those of his heritage but, those of his passions. Carlos’ inspiration for his art comes from the people, the food, the music, and the beauty of this island nation. In his Cuban art Carlos hopes to keep alive the memories of the older Cuban generations to preserve them for younger Cuban-American generations. Carlos’ art can serve as a pictorial collection of Cuban imagery and history. This way when your abuelo says, “Eso, Cuba lo tenia primero!” you will not be so quick to shrug your shoulder and will know that truthfully Cuba was once a playground for the rich and famous. Carlos’ paintings depict all the beauty and vibrancy that Cuba was known for during its Golden years.

In his efforts to reach the younger Cuban-American generations Carlos has begun to market himself via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Carlos hopes that his images will transcend his 'instilled memories' into the hearts and minds of young Cuban-Americans. Carlos has also launched a website showcasing his art work in an effort to tell his story of how he became an artist as well showcase the images of Cuba that he holds dear to his heart.

For more information and to see all of Carlos’ work, visit: http://www.carlosanavarro.com

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