By Alberto de la Cruz
Local Cuban journalist Ninoska Pérez Castellón tries her hand at art
Ninoska Pérez Castellón, who hosts a daily popular Spanish-language political show on Univision Radio, will lead a different kind of event on Friday – the launch of her first solo art show.
Arraigos, or Rooted, will open at the Peña’s Gallery of the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center in Little Havana.
“I always loved to paint. I’ve decided to take seriously the possibility to devote more time to art,” said Pérez Castellón, who is best-known for her fiery attacks of the Cuban regime.
In recent years, she has displayed her work at Cuba Nostalgia, the South Miami Art Festival, Carnaval on the Mile in Coral Gables and Little Havana Welcomes Art Basel Umbrella Exhibit.
Pérez Castellón says painting is a way to capture the memories of her childhood in Cuba and in honor of her parents who fled the island when Fidel Castro took power.
“I think there is so much grandeur in the Cuban landscape. I try, somehow, to reimagine it and grasp it,” she said.
Her subjects are often La Caridad del Cobre, Cuba’s patron saint. Pérez Castellón said it’s fascinating to see how the virgin is central in the history of Cuba and how she has endured for centuries, venerated by many, regardless of religious and political beliefs.
“For me and Cubans, she represent our folklore,” she said.
Most of her paintings are watercolors and ink on paper, but she has recently started incorporating acrylic on paper and canvas.
“Sometimes I find in my painting something that could have been influenced by the work of Portocarrero, Amelia Pelaez, Mijares, but one of the things that brings me the most satisfaction is when I say that in the short time I have developed my own style,” she said.
Arraigos, presented by Creation Art Center, opens at 8 p.m. Friday.
It will run through March 1 at Peña’s Gallery, 111 SW Fifth Ave. For more information, call 786- 888-2145. There will be an opening reception.