On the cover, Little Girl from Harlem © Soraida Martinez
Soraida Martinez is a New York-born artist of Puerto Rican heritage who, since 1992, has been known for creating the art of “Verdadism,” a contemporary form of the style of hardedge painting where every painting is accompanied by a written social commentary. Soraida's paintings depict her life experiences for the purpose of promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding. Soraida's Verdadism art can be seen at soraida.com.
Commentary on Little Girl from Harlem
As a little girl living in Harlem, I always knew that Harlem was some kind of exile. What I didn't know was why I had to be there. There were happy times as well as sad times … but, to escape, I would always daydream. I would daydream of a backyard, of growing up and going to art school, and of moving away. As an adult, I was always embarrassed to say that I was born in Harlem and that I had lived there until I turned fourteen … because people were quick to judge me. Most people assume that I grew up middle-class and came from a middle-class neighborhood. Little do they know that there are lots of people from Harlem that are just like me.– Soraida Martinez 1995