About the Artist

Nana Abreu (“ah-BRAY-ooh”), a native of Puerto Rico living in Durham, North Carolina, is a researcher by day, and an artist at heart.

Inspired by her culture, much of Nana’s art features petroglyphs carved by the Taino Indians, native inhabitants of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The Taino god, Cemi (“seh-MEE”), protected the Tainos from Huracanes. The Vejigante masks are a Puerto Rican cultural tradition that originated in the 16th century from the Spanish-Moors war. The Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos), a Puerto Rican cultural tradition in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Nana continues to diversify her art as she discovers new inspirations.