El hombre en la puerta (The Man in the Doorway)

El hombre en la puerta (The Man in the Doorway)

Cuba Series - Painting #20
36" x 48" - Acrylic on canvas
August 2017

I spotted this surly looking gentleman during a long walk through the town of Camaguey. His is just the kind of face you’d spot while walking it’s labyrinthine streets. The doorstep he sat at graced an old colonial style building in one of the many sun drenched plazas that dot the city. His clothing and demeanor told me he was probably a laborer on a break.

“No es facil”. It’s not easy. The eternal mantra of the Cuban people. He may have just been resting but I attached so much more to his image. His expression to me reads as “resigned”. Resigned to what? The slow burn of the sun? A slow day at work? Or is there something more?

There is resilience in the Cuban people, but there is also the fatigue of constant struggle. Perhaps thats just life everywhere. I could keep reading into it or I could just accept it as just a man sitting. Therein lies our individual perception.
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