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Lourdes Porrata was born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1952. In 1992, she graduated with a Master's degree in Plastic Arts from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Her works depict unknown and mysterious primitive imaginary sites inhabited by melancholic zoomorphic creatures that often form spheres and spirals—allusive to the eternal circle of life. These figurations are the topic and supposition that lead to an examination of what is visible and what is concealed. Serpents and reptiles stretch and intertwine to create human forms, like mandalas, and act as representations of the succession and interrelation of all living matter. Porrata left Cuba in 1991 with her husband and daughter to live in Mexico, where the country's people and culture nourished her work. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad. Lourdes Porrata currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.

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