Havana Red Smile, Cuba 2015, Photography, 16 x 20 in. $300.00 (SOLD)
"During my first visit to Old Havana (Cuba), I met this intriguing woman whose red flora hat and demeanor, reminded me of a photo of me my maternal grandmother (from the island of Saint Martin) who floral wore hats. I thought of the red found in the blood that unites us as Caribbean people, the rich beauty of the flamboyant tree, the detectible red snapper fish, the spicy habanero paper, the sweet red papaya and the guavaberry endemic to Saint Martin."
About The Artist
Artist Statement The body of work for this exhibition is drawn from my June 2015 maiden experience in Cuba to build an artistic bridge with my fellow Afro-Caribbean brothers and sisters. The opportunity to experience this country inaccessible to Americans was a seminal moment of a lifetime as an African in the Americas and as an artist.
I am a daughter of the Caribbean. As an artist, I celebrate the resiliency of my Ancestors, their timeless gifts to humanity, their abiding faith, and their love. I celebrate God's eternal blessings. I celebrate the light that shines within each of us, our unique stories which inspire us.
Bio Brinille Eliane Ellis is a visual photographer who creates images to tell the human story. The inspiration for her work stems from her desire to share her experiences in the African tradition of the griot, her passion for photography and the love and pride felt in countless family photos. Ms. Ellis is also a cultural ambassador who shares African-American art history to foreign audiences internationally.