Elio Vilva Trujillo graduated as a teacher specializing in grammar and literature. read more
Elio Vilva Trujillo is a self-taught painter and researcher on African themes “who has, for many years, dedicated himself to the art of the Orishas. He has introduced his audiences to the complexity of each and every element associated with the deities.” “My paintings are a mosaic of dreams, images, baroque qualities and surrealism”, says Vilva. Vilva’s work depicts Orishas, or emissaries between the physical and spiritual world of the Santeria religion. “Santeria is a spiritual practice, which is a mix of traditional African beliefs and the Catholic religion.” Enrique Yepes, Bowdoin College professor of Spanish. His work has been shown throughout Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republis, Belgium, and in art galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and New London, Connecticut.
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- In 1991, the Center for Cuban Studies sued the U.S. Treasury Department and won, making the importation and sale of original art from Cuba legal.