Antonio Guerrero is a contemporary Cuban artist. He was born in 1968 in Matanzas, Cuba, under the Castro regime. There he grew up in a household where artistic expression was appreciated and encouraged. Although materials were not always available, his dreams and ideas were always abundant.
In 1986 he was drafted into the army and was immediately transported to Africa to fight in the Ethiopian War. Although he longed for his homeland, he found himself inspired by the people and scenes of Africa. There he developed an interest in modern expressionism. He began to experiment with modern forms of visual art.
Guerrero returned to Cuba in 1988 where he resumed his job as an artisan. His talents include painting, engraving, woodcarving, sculpting and metal work. Feeling inhibited by Cuba’s government, and unhappy with the increasingly worsening living conditions, Guerrero decided to broaden his horizons by fleeing Cuba. In April of 1992, Guerrero, along with two other men, climbed into a raft they had secretly designed and built, and floated off from the coast of Matanzas. They were at sea five days before they were rescued and brought to the U.S.
During the time he has resided in the U.S., Guerrero has encountered many hardships. However, these hardships, he feels, have led him to discover new ideas for a new beginning. His time here has allowed him to explore new means of self-expression.