Jorge Luis Porrata
Jorge Luis Porrata (1975) was born and grew up in Camagüey, Cuba. He is poet, an artist and an educator. In 2001 he emigrated to the USA and lived for 7 years in the Southwest, where he received his MFA from the University of Arizona in 2008. He has illustrated six books for the Cuban/Cuban American publishing house Homago, based in Miami. He currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches art courses at George Mason University. He has also taught art workshops on Taino and Mayan culture at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. His artwork explores the interconnectedness between diverse themes, like text and image, cultural backgrounds, spiritual believes, and crosses disciplines, including writing, printmaking, drawing, animation, and performance art.