Yasmin Hernandez Art
Seamos Cucubanos
, 2019
Colored pencils, gold ink on black paper
6x9 inches (unmatted/ unframed)

Seamos Cucubanos
Emitiendo nuestra luz
Iluminados de amor
Repelando Enemigos

(Let’s be fireflies
Emitting our light
Illuminated with love
Repelling enemies)

Original colored pencil drawing on black paper with calligraphy in gold ink. This image of Puerto Rico is inspired by my CucubaNación project exploring bioluminescence. Cucubanos are native bioluminescent click-beetles in Puerto Rico. The words are a mantra I included on my first artwork of this series, a mural in Mayagüez, PR.


Black Backgrounds: I began working on black backgrounds in 2009 in honor of Vieques’ bioluminescent bay.  Around the time of my rematriation to Puerto Rico, I started exploring spirit concepts by painting nebulas against dark backgrounds. These explorations took on new meaning after living through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their dark aftermath and now the “earthquake swarm”. I now explore different forms of Puerto Rico-inspired bioluminescence.

Artist Info: Yasmin Hernandez is a Brooklyn-born and raised artist who rematriated to her ancestral homeland of Borikén in 2014, where she is still based. Her work explores liberation, light and love.


All images are original artwork by Yasmin Hernandez Art. Under no circumstances should any of the images, in whole or in part, be printed, copied or reproduced without direct permission from the artist. Thank you.

Seamos Cucubanos