Learn about Anne W. Massaga
Anne is of French and African descent. Since a young age, she has been attached to color. Her early years between Africa and Europe, and later time in Cuba gifted her with a unique perspective about life and the world we live in. At the age of 8, Anne and her siblings arrived to Cuba. Without knowing the language, they were sent to schools in La Isla de la Juventud, commonly known in Cuba as “becas”; where kids were completely isolated and cut from the world. During the time spent “becados”, they were only able to spend time with their mother for short periods of time. If lucky enough, they were able to see their mother once a week. However on some occasions, they were able to see their mother once out of the month.
Anne absorbed the language, the culture, and the new way of life. Her love for art first came through music. She became a great dancer and participated in local dancing competitions. In fact, dancing and music are a big part of who she is.
Years past, she graduated with a degree in mathematics. As a young professional, she started teaching at “escuelas al campo” roughly translated as schools in the countryside and eventually landed a position as a teacher in city of Havana. Because of her educational background, her citizenship, and the ability to speak another language (French), she was later hired by the French Embassy to work for the French School.
This was a golden period in her life. From mathematics, she transitioned into teaching Spanish and eventually was offered a position in to teach kindergarten. While working in kindergarten she was sent by the school to different countries such as Venezuela, Haiti, France, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica to develop new skills and acquire new knowledge for teaching.
In 2004, Anne decided to take her family to Paris to avoid her son, Said, to be enlisted in military school. She wanted to spare him the vicissitudes of military school in Cuba. Once in France, Said started “le lycée” and adapted to the new way of life. Anne also further her artistic education and took painting classes at a local art “atelier”. In 2007, she and her husband decided to go live to the United States of America where her husband's family resided.
While in the United States, Anne had to re-validate her degree and pass various certifications to become a French, Spanish, and Math teacher. Eventually, she was hired as a Foreign Language teacher by Academy of Art and Minds in Miami.
In 2018, her art work started being showcased at different local galleries such as the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment. This is where she met Ricky who was deeply fascinated by her abstract paintings and they recently signed a mutual agreement to have some of her products listed under Ricky's Wall.
“Her paintings are open dialogues only restricted by the size of a canvas.”
“Anne transposes her lively memories of early childhood into colorful masterpieces.”
"Like in Life… not everything is beautiful, but everything makes sense".
"When words won’t tell what’s inside, let the colors you choose and the shapes you form be the language you speak."