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On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Caribbean Cultural Center, the executive director, Melody Capote, asserts the relevance of concluding the first quarter of a century of the institution with an exhibition of the work of visual artist, Manuel Vega, titled Nuyorican Ashé: Recent Works by Manuel Vega. The content of Vega’s work is not only reflective of the mission of the Center, but Mr. Vega himself was a symbol of the institution who nurtured him from his beginnings as a local artist, and during his twenty-five year artistic development.


Born and raised in the South Bronx and East Harlem (NYC), Manuel Vega is a musician, scholar, and artist well versed in eclectic media. He fused his artistic representations of popular culture and religious traditions through the lens of Afro-Caribbean influences, from the South Bronx sector to countries as Brazil. Vega has translated Yoruba iconography into the medium of mosaics, some of which were assembled for the 110th Street and Lexington Avenue subway station on the number Six Line. 

Libertad Guerra
Courtesy of Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), New York, NY