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The Sculptors of Light

poems about Cuban

women artists



Reycraft Books


32 pages

Ages 9-14 years

Author: Margarita Engle

and Illustrator: Cecilia Puglesi

Characters: 8 Cuban women artists


"From folk art to photography, architecture to painting, sculpture to music, female Cuban artists have long gone unnoticed on a global scale. This poetry collection highlights the lives and legacies of eight Cuban women who have redefined art in their communities. Also includes biographical information about the artists."

Tantalizing taste:


Carmen Herrera


decades of patience

her quest for the stark beauty

of simplicity

straight lines - bold colors that reach

a bright sky of surprises "

And something more: The Historical Note on this page explains that "Carmen Herrera was born in Havana and has lived in the U.S. since the 1950s. As the youngest of seven children in a crowded home, she learned to value quiet simplicity. She worked in obscurity for much of her youth, rejected by galleries and museums because she was female and an immigrants. At the age of 89, she finally sold a painting. Her work is now highly valued and has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C In 2019, when she was 104, New York City exhibited five of her sculptures outdoors."

In an introductory letter to readers, author Margarita Engle writes, "... Never let anyone convince you there is no room for more women artists from every country and every culture. When you create something beautiful, sign your name!"


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