Lagrimas Negras (Black Tears)



Ibrahim Miranda, Cuban, b. 1969


Lagrimas Negras (Black Tears)


Screen print and woodcut




Screen print and woodcut
35 x 43 1/2 in. (88.9 x 110.5 cm)

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Miranda, a member of a new generation of Cuban artists, all born since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, began to receive international recognition in the 1990s. His obsessive theme is the island of Cuba itself, portrayed in maps, as here, and overlaid with expressive details. The title of this print, Black Tears (Lagrimas Negras), comes from a very popular song written by the world-famous Cuban musician, Miguel Matamoros (1894-1974). The words of the song are as follows:

Although you have abandoned me
although you have killed all my illusions
instead of justly cursing you
in my dreams I shower you
in my dreams I shower you
with blessings.

I suffer the immense pain of your loss
and I feel deep pain at your leaving
and I cry even though you will never see
I am crying black tears,
tears as black as my life.
You want to leave me,
I don't want to suffer,
I am going with you, my darling,
even if I die.

In the woodcut portion of the print, hand carved by the artist, a portrait with flowing black tears appears superimposed on the waves of water that separate Cuba and Florida. The land forms are represented by a pink, copper, and red screenprint reproduced from a sixteenth-century map. Coupled with the words of the song, this image evokes the pain of isolation and abandonment that emigration to Florida has inflicted on so many Cuban families.

Credit Line

Gift of Sara and John Shlesinger


Printed Matter: Contemporary Works from GraphicStudio, Michael C. Carlos Museum, February 11 - May 12, 2006
MCCM Newsletter, March - May, 2004.|
MCCM Newsletter, December 2005 - February 2006.


© Ibrahim Miranda. Courtesy of GraphicStudio, Institute for Research in Art, University of South Florida. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2008.
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Ibrahim Miranda, Cuban, b. 1969, “Lagrimas Negras (Black Tears),” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed September 18, 2020,

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