Born in Havana and raised in Miami, Rigo Leon’s journey is familiar to millions of Cuban-Americans. As a child, he would watch his class shrink as classmates and friends fled their native land in pursuit of a better life. Rigo wanted to tell his story, and their stories, through art. He traded his toys for paintbrushes and taught himself to use a variety of media over his career. Today, he is one of the most recognized and respected artists in South Florida, and his murals and public works have adorned cities around the world.

When looking at Rigo’s work, titled “Havana Dreams,” keep an eye out for the boat, heart, key and eye. The boat is the beginning of the journey. It traces back to his childhood, and those empty chairs in class that became paper boats in his mind. The paper boat represents the dream or dreams we create for ourselves. Without a heart, there’s no pulse, no beat, absolutely nothing to strive for. Without a key, how can you possibly unlock the doors of opportunity? And without an eye, there’s no vision, and vision is necessary when you’re on that boat seeking your purpose, dreams or ultimately, what moves you. Altogether, the elements equate to Love. These symbols, along with two new elements – palm trees and a paper plane – can be found in “Havana Dreams.”

      

      

Born in Havana and raised in Miami, Rigo Leon’s journey is familiar to millions of Cuban-Americans. As a child, he would watch his class shrink as classmates and friends fled their native land in pursuit of a better life. Rigo wanted to tell his story, and their stories, through art. He traded his toys for paintbrushes and taught himself to use a variety of media over his career. Today, he is one of the most recognized and respected artists in South Florida, and his murals and public works have adorned cities around the world.

When looking at Rigo’s work, titled “Havana Dreams,” keep an eye out for the boat, heart, key and eye. The boat is the beginning of the journey. It traces back to his childhood, and those empty chairs in class that became paper boats in his mind. The paper boat represents the dream or dreams we create for ourselves. Without a heart, there’s no pulse, no beat, absolutely nothing to strive for. Without a key, how can you possibly unlock the doors of opportunity? And without an eye, there’s no vision, and vision is necessary when you’re on that boat seeking your purpose, dreams or ultimately, what moves you. Altogether, the elements equate to Love. These symbols, along with two new elements – palm trees and a paper plane – can be found in “Havana Dreams.”