Born 1944 in Havana, Cuba
"Since I don't believe in God, I have to make paintings," remarked Paul Sierra who fled Cuba following the 1961 revolution. Settling first in Miami and then Chicago, where he attended the School of the Art Institute (B.F.A., 1967), the painter has produced a body of work in the Magic Realist vein that Michael Bonesteel observes depict a godless "world beyond human control, a looming, overwhelming universe in which mortality is the one inescapable reality." The lithograph "Aves" has the fantastical imagery typically used by the painter, but lacks his normally vivid palette. Following Sierra's residency (October 1-5, 2001), UNO students Julie Sopscak and Andrew Clayton helped Gary Day complete the edition.

2001; color lithograph on Rives BFK; image: 25 x 20 1/8 (63.5 x 50.8), sheet: 30 x 22 (76.2 x 55.88); edition of 30