Welcome to Rosa Naday's web site . This web site will help familiarize you with my work while an Artist-in-Residence at ArtCenter/SouthFlorida, in Miami Beach, FL.
As an artist what feeds my art making process is my interest in the human condition. Like most artists I am restless and I use the visual arts as a tool to redirect my reflections of myself and the world I inhabit with a specific sensibility to the Caribbean Diaspora experience. I am painter, installation artist, and illustrator.
For me artists are a type of transmission belt within society, visual historians or educators of sorts, for the past 13 years I have been working as a professional artist engaging kids and adults in the experience of art. As a teaching artist, in afterschool art programs, at the Miami Children’s Museum where I was an artist-in-residence for 2 consecutive terms and since 2008 at the Miami Art Museum. In the course of my development as an artist I have done several artist residencies, i.e., at Parsons School of Design, Vermont School of Design, The Bakehouse Art Complex, Taller Cultural Luis Diaz Oduardo and Art Center/South Florida. I have also served as juror in several panels, and on several boards as they related to the arts. My work has been shown both nationally and internationally.
My interest in art began at an early age while I was in pre-school. I was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with my family at the age of 8. Throughout the early years of school, I won many local and statewide awards, including the Prestigious Scholastic Art Award, founded in 1923; it is the longest-running assessment and recognition program for the visual arts among students’ grades 7-12 in the U.S. I pursued my career studying at various colleges and institutes, receiving full scholarships from Parsons School of Design, in New York, the Vermont School of Design and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. Finally earning my degree in Fine Arts from the University of Miami in 1982 where I also received a full scholarship. While pursuing my Masters in Fine Arts at University of South Florida, I took a sharp turn away from the creative process and decided to postpone my formal education. From 1988 to 2000 I worked and traveled extensively, held various industrial jobs; meatpacking and auto worker in Detroit, worked in a print shop in Manhattan, collected signatures to place candidates on the ballot in Birmingham and worked as a baggage handler while studying Haitian Creole in Miami. During this time I also traveled in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean learning about different cultures but most importantly my own. More recently I have participated in international projects in Santiago de Cuba, making of the city “an open gallery” in the eyes of its inhabitants through mural projects and the Miami Bridge Cultural Exchange, in Suriname, collaborating in exhibitions and workshops with Diaspora Vibe. These diverse experiences have broadened my horizons and have had a tremendous impact on my work in my pursuit of the role of artists and art in society and how art can effect social change in today’s world.
You can visit or contact me at:
800 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305 606 9241