Sami miranda

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Tomeguin Que Conoce Libertad No Acepta Jaula
(Finch That Knows Freedom Does Not Accept a Cage)

Oil on canvas
39x28
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Ochun y su Avanico (Ochun and her Fan)

Oil on canvas
40 x 26.5
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Sacrificio Para Mis Guerreros
(Sacrifice for my Warriors)

Oil on canvas
38.5 x 28
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

La Santera Sonriendo (The Smiling Santera)

Oil on canvas
37 x 25
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Ella Quiere Vivir Frente al Mar (She Wants to
Live by the Sea)

Oil on canvas
48.5 x 36.5
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Dile a Yemaya Que la Espero en el Malecon
(Tell Yemaya I’ll Wait for Her at the Seawall)

Oil on canvas
40.5 x 30.5
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Cargo Mis Penas en Mis Ojos
(I Carry My
Sorrows in My Eyes)

Oil on canvas
37 x 25
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

El Solar del 9

Oil on canvas
48.5 x 36.5
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Bomba Dancer With Vejigantes

Oil on canvas
62 x 37.5
Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Despedida Habanera
(A Habana Goodbye)

Oil on canvas
37.5 x 49.5

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Los Musicos

Acrylic on paper
30 x 44

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista, exploring similarities between the Pentecostal church and Santeria.

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

La Ofrenda

Acrylic on paper
30 x 44

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista, exploring similarities between the Pentecostal
church and Santeria.

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

The Minister and the Babalao

Acrylic on paper
30 x 44

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista, exploring similarities between the Pentecostal church and Santeria.

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Jessica en la Habana

Acrylic on canvas
36.5 x 24.5

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Ochun y Marti en el Callejon de Hammel

Acrylic on canvas
41.5 x 41.5

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Abrazo en la Calle Neptuno

Acrylic on canvas
36.5 x 24.5

In collaboration with Lazaro Batista

Photo by John Woo courtesy of UMUC

Tio Gin

Linoleum block print

The Woodcarver’s Son Plays Bass

Linoleum block print

The Guitarmaker’s Son Makes Drums

Linoleum block print

En Mis Brazos

Linoleum block print

Three Lessons Lawrence Wheatley Dropped on Spanish Joe

Inkjet print of digital drawing including text of poem printed on 11 x 17 acid free rag

Chino Bicicleta Explains His Actions to Spanish Joe

Inkjet print of digital drawing including text of poem printed on 11 x 17 acid free rag

Mother Flower

Inkjet print of digital drawing including text of poem printed on 11 x 17 acid free rag

Conmigo No Puedes Tu

Inkjet print of digital drawing including
text of poem printed on 11 x 17 etching rag

Hombre

Inkjet print of digital drawing including
text of poem printed on 11 x 17 etching rag

Mama

Inkjet print of digital drawing including
text of poem printed on 11 x 17 etching rag

Soldier’s Song

Inkjet print of digital drawing including
text of poem printed on 11 x 17 etching rag

Hermano

Inkjet print of digital drawing including
text of poem printed on 11 x 17 etching rag

House Party, 116th Street: 1947

Inkjet print of digital drawing including text of poem printed on 11 x 17 etching rag

Bansuri

Hand carved basswood, acrylic paint, cigar box

Mother and Child

Hand carved basswood, acrylic paint, cigar box

The Dancer and Her Drummer

Hand carved African
mahogany, acrylic paint

Hands Up Don’t Shoot

Hand carved African
mahogany, bullet casings, plastic flowers, acrylic paint

Domino

Hand carved
basswood, pine, leather, acrylic paint

Bomba

Hand carved mahoe,
pine, leather, acrylic paint

Totem – Raices y Artesania

Hand carved Spanish
cedar on turned cedar base

Carrying My Culture

Hand carved Spanish
cedar on Spanish cedar base

Tres Raices

Spanish cedar, mahoe, pine, acrylic paint and found objects

This is my take on the Puerto Rican tradition of making the three kings represent the three roots that feed Puerto Rican culture. The figures and their accompanying objects represent the indigenous, African and European influences on Puerto Rican culture.

Self Portrait

Wooden drawer,
plywood, Spanish cedar and acrylic paint

Portrait of Abuelo

Shoe tacks, mahogany, rubber and plywood

The pieces in this section were created with the tools and materials left behind by my grandfather, who in order to make extra money repaired shoes for friends and neighbors in his apartment in the Bronx.

Nude 1

Shoe tacks, Spanish cedar, pine

Nude 2

Shoe tacks, Spanish cedar, pine

Nude 3

Shoe tacks, Spanish cedar

How uncut rolls of typewriter ribbon lead to memories of El Rio Copan

Featured on A Daily Mug
Video by Miguel Asua at Asua Light
Sound recorded At Lucumi Studios
Raciel Suarez, Sound Engineer

This ain't mambo

Featured on A Daily Mug 
Video by Miguel Asua at Asua Light
Sound recorded At Lucumi
StudiosRaciel Suarez, Sound Engineer

Correspondence

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Video by Miguel Asua at Asua Light
Sound recorded At Lucumi StudiosRaciel Suarez, Sound Engineer

El Chandelier

Pepe Gonzalez on bass
Taimoor Saeedi on guitar

Down these Mean Streets Poetry Reading at the Smithsonian American Art Museum