I always wanted to live in the old district of San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico. I used to imagine that to live there was like having the mark of a real portorrican city slicker aware of her cultural heritage. Finally, being a university student, I had the opportunity. I moved to a big apartment together with three colleages. Back then I used to work close to my apartment. During the first weeks I couldn’t believe my luck and after work, as I was walking back to my apartment, I used to observe its colonial architecture in bright pink color and its arch windows. I believed I would live in that city forever. When I painted “Sueño”, years later in 2010 and now living in Hamburg, I represented the things projected daily in my mind. Back then I still used to cry the memory of the things that I left behind. The elements on this painting not only romanticize the past that for years I wanted to abandon, but also idealize the journey of the immigrant and the new reality that I choose: a new city, a husband and the hands full of the dreams that I long to achieve. By my side, floats the silent messenger of hope; a fish-bird that brings on its beak the blue ribbon symbol of the Vishuddha chakra*. In this way the messenger suggests a future bond to my voice.


*Symbolizes the pure consciousness and creativity, it governs expression, inspiration in speech, eloquence, and perception of the archetypal models.