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Miami-Dade Public Library System presents an opening reception with Cuban artist Margarita Cano

– Explorations is an artist’s retrospective installed and curated by Oscar Fuentes –

Three Women Behind Bars by Margarita Cano

(Miami, FL – August 20, 2015) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System presents an opening reception for Margarita Cano’s Explorations, An Artist’s Retrospective on Saturday, August 29 from 2‑5 p.m. where you can meet the artist. The Library will be presenting the display until January 15, 2016 at the Main Library auditorium in Downtown, Miami located at 101 West Flagler Street.

An artist’s retrospective, features Margarita Cano’s impressive artistic career. The exhibition consists of two dimensional paintings, artist’s books and video installations. Born in Havana, Cuba, Margarita Cano migrated to the United States in 1962 at the age of 30. Cano worked for the Miami‑Dade Public Library System as a Community Relations and Art Services Coordinator. In 1993, she started painting full‑time and creating one‑of‑a‑kind artist books.

An active member of Miami’s artistic and literary community for decades, Cano taps her memories of the island in works of art that convey the feel of the homeland of her youth with an aesthetic that combines mysticism, romance and vital beauty.

Cano indicates that “My Cuban roots are reflected in my art work.  It tells and retells my personal vision of Cuba.  Installations of my painting visually narrate the Cuban drama: an island frozen in time surrounded by a seawall where Cubans wait for change.  I document this quest for democracy and freedom through allegories and metaphors.”

Margarita Cano transforms memory into magic. Biblical and art historical allusions monumentalize the daily grievances of contemporary life in Cuba. Cano’s work is reminiscent of the illuminated manuscripts of the High Middle Ages. Distant memory and loss have a way of transforming even the prosaic into a magical recollection. In Cano’s work, the idealized landscapes of her beloved island serve as setting for the interaction of the sacred and the mundane. Throughout her work, the tension between surface ornamentation and three‑dimensionality is enhanced by the rich jewel‑like finish that belies the presence of the brush. This tension strengthens the narrative content of the work. It is in the storytelling that Cano invites the viewer to partake of her memory and her magic.

Event is free to the public. For more information please call 305‑375‑2665.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System, a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and several National Association of Counties Achievement Awards, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share and create. MDPLS strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, programs, and art and culture so they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, Technobus, special services, website ( and MDPLS iLibrary app, the Library proudly serves more than seven million annual visitors. Serving the community for more than 40 years, MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.


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