Nayda A Cuevas
Positive role models motivate us & teach us to uncover our potential. My 2018 series entitled #Fierce Latina showcases a small group of woman made visible/popular by social media. From Engineers, to Activists to politicians, these women demonstrate strength in a society that makes visible stereotypes. Negative stereotypes that lead discriminations, injustice, & barriers that exclude Latinx from opportunities.
#Fierce Latina-Carmen Yulin Cruz- is an American politician who is the current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria lifted a "veil from our eyes", said Carmen Yulín Cruz, her broad smile and warm manner belying the steely edge to her voice. "We are awake to our inequity - and our inequality," the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city of San Juan told the Guardian on a recent visit to a political summit in Baltimore.
#Fierce Latina-Alexandra Ocasio Cortez- an American politician, educator, and political activist. On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district covering parts of the Bronx and Queens in New York City, defeating the incumbent Congressman, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, in what has been described as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm-election season.
#Fierce Latina-Angy Rivera- is a leading activist for undocumented youth and immigrant rights who lives and works in New York City. She joined the immigrant rights movement in her late teens, went public about her undocumented status at age 19 and started a popular advice column-"Ask Angy"-for undocumented youth at 20. In 2013, she qualified for a U Visa (granted to non-citizen victims of certain crimes). Her story is central to the film Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie).
#Fierce Latina-Patricia Valoy- Patricia is a Latina feminist activist and blogger, and a Civil Engineer who promotes STEM education for women. She received her Bachelor of Sciences from Columbia University, where she concentrated in Construction Management and Structural Engineering. She combines her experiences as a Latina, a feminist, and an engineer to advocate and inspire girls considering careers in the fields of STEM and speak on transnational feminism. Patricia's work mostly revolves around the Latino/a community, feminism, cultural identity, gender stereotypes, and workplace sexism.
Nayda A. Cuevas Ramos was born in Puerto Rico. Her family migrated in 1990 to Florida. As a means of negotiating alienation and the absence of familiar people and places she turned to the arts to explore her identity. She obtained a BFA in Fine Art (2002) from Stetson University in Deland FL and her MFA in Visual Arts (2015) at Lesley College of Art (Former Art Institute of Boston) in Cambridge, MA.
Ms. Cuevas passion emerged for unearthing a visual language to better articulate through visual arts her observation and/or interpretation of her Latina American experience. As an artist her interest lies in using history, art history, and current cultural trends to produce images of both her physical and emotional experiences of displacement.
Ms. Cuevas has exhibited Internationally:
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA; Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas PR; Palazzo Ca'Zanardi, Venice, Italy; Mattatuck Museum, CT; The Clemente Center Abrazo Interino Gallery, New York, NY; Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA; Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte NC;
Has been an Artist in Residence at The Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham MA, MASS MoCA /Assetts for Artist in North Adams, MA and Room 83 Spring in Watertown, MA.
And is a grantee of the Create Well Fund, Boston MA and MASS MoCA/ Assetts for Artists grant, MA 2016.