august 31, 1950 . guantanamo . cuba

Born into a poor peasant family, Ramon Moya Hernandez moved to Havana to become a plumber at the age of 14. After several years during which he encountered many difficulties, he returned to his native province and in 1984 produced his first works from wooden pieces collected in the streets. Since then his artistic work has been recognized, appreciated and exhibited. The Cuban regime likes and keeps searching for artists testifying to the merit and  the “genius of the people”; Moya is thus invited to participate in numerous competitions to obtain rewards. However, his transgressive and provocative way of life — he particularly likes to walk naked in the streets — has gradually put him on the margins of society. He has isolated himself in the mountains and forest, making his own clothes and eating whatever he can find.