Ana’s art reflects the colors and energy of her native Havana, Cuba. Arriving in the U.S. at the age of five and speaking little English, drawing became an important communication medium. Ana’s sketchbook was always close at hand as her family moved from New York to rural Pennsylvania and during summer vacations exploring their new country. After graduating with top honors from Philadelphia College of Art, Ana received a fellowship to study in Madrid and traveled extensively throughout southern Europe, continuing to capture the images she saw in her ever-present sketchbook. She eventually landed in Atlanta, married and raised her own family. She and her husband, Julio, co-founded Coco Loco, a successful Cuban restaurant located in the heart of Atlanta.
The restaurant became her canvas for capturing colorful scenes reminiscent of old Havana, traditional Spanish seaports, musical gatherings and festive carnivals.