Aug 01, 2015


LATINA ARTIST: Soraida Martinez: Feminist Artist

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Puerto Rican Stereotype: The Way You See Me, Without Looking At Me

Not long ago, I found this painting online.  I fell in love with it’s power and majesty.  Then, I read about the artist and her work’s mission, and became even more in love with this particular painting.  I contacted the Soraida Martinez, a Puerto Rican feminist artist, and asked her permission to post a photo of this painting.  She agreed but asked me to include these words, which accompany this piece:

“Throughout my life, I have met lots of people that have never experienced meeting or getting to know a Puerto Rican woman. I have had some people admit to me their feelings on what they thought a Puerto Rican woman looked and acted like. Puerto Rican Stereotype: The Way You See Me Without Looking At Me is a satirical painting on the false information given to me by the media and other life experiences. The bowl of fruit on the head represents my childhood memories of Hollywood’s ‘Carmen Miranda’ portrayal of women from Spanish-Speaking backgrounds. The tray in the hands is also from Hollywood’s prevalent image of Puerto Rican women as domestic help. The bold colors show the stereotype of loudness that is assumed as to how Puerto Rican women dress. The obvious colorful female genitalia shows the Puerto Rican woman’s place in society as ornaments.”

Please visit her website. Her collection is beautiful and strong.

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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