In Collaboration with
New York City
It is with great pride that we are able to announce that the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has a portfolio of 18 limited edition portraits from our Cuba Out of Cuba series in their permanent collection. Also included, is what the National Portrait Gallery has called the iconic photograph of Celia Cruz (“¡Yo soy de Cuba la voz - Guantanamera!”) from the cover of our book, Presenting Celia Cruz. We are both proud and honored to have been able to introduce these portraits of Cubans into the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Cuba Out of Cuba represents a photographic documentation of the Cuban-American community that emerged after the Cuban Revolution.
Below is the list from the Cuba Out of Cuba portfolio now at the National Portrait Gallery:
Israel "Cachao" Lopez
Carlos “Patato" Valdés
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Also included in the collection are the following:
“Las cinco Carolinas” (Carolina Herrera)
Los maestros, Israel “Cachao” Lopez with “Bebo" Valdés
“Mira qué linda me veo II” (Celia Cruz)
Oscar de la Renta
We began the Cuba Out of Cuba portrait series in 1994 while commissioned for a shoot for Art & Antiques Magazine featuring Cuban artists that had lived in the United States for many years as well as those that had recently arrived from Cuba. The series soon expanded to include musicians, writers, actors, fashion designers, etc. It's important to state that this is not a who's who of Cuban society. These are portraits of individuals that have crossed our paths and touched our hearts and is a documentation of the Cuba we know and grew up in, which is the Cuba that thrives outside of Cuba.
The National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture.
Please feel free to contact us if you'd like further information.