Meet the Artist: Eduin Fraga

Eduin blends newspaper collage into his work in order to capture dynamic fragments of society. He considers his technique of painting and newspaper collage to be a unique method that not only adds complexity and richness to the work but also captures a historical moment of our social experience. Eduin formally studied painting and drawing at the Experimental Center of Visual Arts in Havana, Cuba, his hometown. Currently, he divides his time between Cuba and Green Bay, WI.

Milwaukee Public Schools: This piece highlights the intelligence, strength and beauty at the heart of Milwaukee Public Schools. The various figures show youth engaging in art, music, dance, scientific discovery and ongoing dedication to serious scholarship. Neighborhoods serve as the foundation for the talents and achievements of community youth, supported and facilitated through the combined efforts of Milwaukee’s students, families, educators and schools.

United Community Center: The piece represents the neighborhood members and stakeholders invested in and served by the United Community Center. Those in the piece are working together to provide the programming, which is being revealed as they pull back on the zipper. It is through their combined efforts that the seal is pulled apart.

What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned about Northwestern Mutual and its philanthropy?
I’ve learned how far-reaching the philanthropy of Northwestern Mutual Foundation is and how many projects have grown out of their support. Their investment in community services and projects supports the whole person, focusing on our shared need for emotional and artistic support in addition to material well-being.

Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration?
Havana, Cuba. I was born there and spend part of each year in Cuba with my family and friends. When I’m walking in the streets, watching people stand in line to buy something or packed on the city bus, I think about the small common experiences that hold us together and that make up our lives as a society.

Who or what makes you laugh?
My family and friends, especially my three-year-old son. He is a smart and very active child. He likes to play and make jokes with his family.