DEMI has first-hand knowledge of the plight of children whose fates are altered by devastating events. Her father was executed in Castro's Cuba when DEMI was still a child. "I belong to a forgotten group: children of those executed in Cuba for political reasons," the artist states, "Sons and daughters still too young of age to understand why we were confronted with death, separation and loneliness. My paintings blossom from the inner depths of those childhood memories."
DEMI deliberately employs a naive style and paints mainly children. Although rooted in her personal history, these subjects are fanciful and universal, with powerful social and political overtones.
Her painting "Black Angel" has recently been included in the Smithsonian's American Art Museum Art collection and since 1998 the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art has been collecting DEMI's primary records (correspondence, notebooks, drawings, photographs, catalogues). DEMI's works are featured in many public and private collections worldwide and have been widely exhibited in Galleries and Museums, including Switzerland, France, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.
Feminist Artist Statement
I employ in my paintings a variety of pictorial metaphors to disclose experiences I want to convey, like isolation and disconnection. I combine ideas from popular culture with imagery culled from the canon of Western European art. I create richly worked decorative surfaces with patterns of line, dots, swirling movements, "puntillismo" and flowers in order to create a sense of anxiety and rhythmic energy.