Luis Cruz Azaceta

statement

Urban violence has been a central theme in my work throughout the years. I’ve always lived in urban centers and have witnessed acts of violence. In Havana, my city of birth, I experienced at a young age daily violence on the streets both pre and post revolution.  In 1960 I left in exile to New York where I became an artist.  Art gave me a voice and weapon to address the human condition.

 

I am delighted to be part of GUNS IN THE HANDS OF ARTISTS as it is a very important and most needed exhibition that draws upon the rampant crime and guns in the city.

 

What sustains me as an artist is the belief that art has the power to awaken compassion and hope.