Ana Gadish-Linares is a Cuban-American artist, illustrator, and designer based in East Bay, CA. Ana creates interdisciplinary art that stimulates discussions on cultural identity, ancestry, mental health, and gender.
Ana grew up in Miami, FL, a cultural metropolis of Caribbeans inside the US, to a big Cuban family who celebrated their heritage in every facet of life. She was always inspired by the stories of the old Cuba, anecdotes her family would retell often, and the scant amount of photographs that were smuggled out of Cuba. These precious images are the only glimpses Ana and other first-generation Cuban-Americans have of the Cuba of their parents and grandparents.
Ana has a BA in Visual Arts and Art History from the University of Florida and an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University. She now lives with her husband, Or, and their two cats, Tulip and Domino, in a town just outside San Francisco. Aside from being an artist, Ana is also an avid salsa dancer and musician.