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Meet Sheila Fraga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheila Fraga.

Sheila, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in art was always present in my life since I was little. But I started taking it seriously after I was 15 years old. From then on, I began to receive private drawing classes and painting workshops until I entered at the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro in Havana, Cuba. I graduated in 1999 in the specialty of painting, and from then on I continued my artistic career independently, perfecting my artistic skills and studying the art market.

In my first stage of academic training, I made several exhibitions both in Cuba and outside of it. The collective exhibition that marked my professional and personal life was at the University of Aveiro, Portugal in 2004. I had the opportunity to make myself known outside my native country. Then I came to Miami to reunite again with my family and since then I have continued to work hard in my artwork. At the moment I am being represented by the LAAP project with the direction of María Nápoles.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a very challenging road. I had to impose myself as an artist-woman-wife and mother. It has been a very intense and beautiful work at the same time.

Sheila Fraga Cuban Artist – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The first thing I do is release my ideas on a support, to express what I feel, think and live through painting and drawing. Those who have followed my work in recent years, know me by the use of the female nude interacting with both public and domestic spaces. With the use of mixed media and collage in general. I think that what identifies me in terms of formality is the carefree brushstroke of color and the strong lines in my drawing between the edge of figuration and abstraction. In terms of conceptuality the way I question issues such as sexuality of women in society, relationships, life and death, motherhood and the search for my own identity.

We always love to ask about the support network – have there been people, perhaps mentors or advisors, who have played a big role in your success?
My family and friends have always supported me in the development of my artistic career. From the good advice of my mother and my loved ones who are no longer there, as the material and spiritual support of my husband and love of my two children. The training of personal growth of my sister, and the spirituality of my brother and the school of spiritualism of Cuba Jose de Luz. The critical appreciation of colleagues such as the filmmaker Adal, the art critic Carlos Suarez de Jesus, the artist Patricio Rodriguez, and my best friend, Gelysi Gonzalez. As well as the artistic direction of gallerists, teachers, and curators, as well as my art teachers Jose Figueroa, El Duke and Isabel Santos, the Cuban art collector Jose Sacramento, the director of LAAP María Nápoles and the curator Anaíbis Yero. My  professor of psychology and  tutor of my thesis of degree in The Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro Lourdes Porto Lizano. As  well as my father’s role for his optimism and enthusiasm in my artistic career.

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Photo taken by my daughter Chelsea Bermin

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