Sandra Naranjo (Matanzas, Cuba, 1988) and Emmanuel Diaz (Matanzas, Cuba, 1986) are Cuban visual artists who have worked as a duo for more than ten years. Both studied the specialty of painting at the Professional School of Arts (Matanzas, Cuba), and Art Restoration at the Higher Institute of Art ISA (Havana, Cuba). They have won numerous awards and recognitions such as the Great Prize, Cultural Heritage Award, UNEAC Prize (AHS Visual Arts Event, Matanzas, Cuba, 2011), Prize in the XXI National Salon of Erotic Art (Gallery “Fayad Jamis”, Havana, Cuba, 2015), Prize of the Serigraphy Workshop “René Portocarrero” (XIII Winners Event, Development Center of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba, 2010), and First Prize (Visual Arts Event “Roberto Diago”, Matanzas, Cuba, 2009), among others.
Sandra and Emmanuel have exhibited their work in events such as 12 Havana Biennial (Havana, Cuba, 2015),” ISOLE “Painting Biennial (IX Edition. Sardinia, Italy, 2011) and the project “Bella Isla” (France, 2004). They have also participated in events such as the international Symposium “Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean” (Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba, 2015). Their works are in countries such as the United States, Canada, Russia, England and Italy.
The general theme of their work is the human being: art, sensuality and psychological and spiritual states at individual, social and universal level. Sandra and Emmanuel develop a figurative work with predominance of painting, drawing and installation. A common factor in their work is the visual illusion according to the distance of observation, as a system to deal with different concepts. In addition, their works are made through a unique and innovative technical process, born of experimentation and personal search, thus creating a work of a high technical level and conceptual depth.
Currently living in Miami, FL, where they continue their creative work.