Wordless Wednesday: Puerto Rico y Sofia Maldonado

by Migdalia

I recently discovered Sofia Maldonado while walking the city streets. She is a controversial mural artist, who was born in Puerto Rico, from a Cuban mother. Her artwork caught my eye because of its vibrant use of color, its elements of hip hop and reggeton, skateboarding and graffiti, and its trendy depictions of Latina females of all shapes and sizes.

Below are a few pictures of her artwork, which are featured in Times Square.





To show  just how large her murals are, I asked my little one to stand in the picture.



The ring worn by the girl in the last piece, shown below enlarged, states  “Libertad” which means liberty in Spanish, as well as the date: 1898. The date references the end of Spanish colonial rule in Puerto Rico. For those of you interested in reading more about Puerto Rico and its struggle for liberty, click HERE.


You can also see some of her racier artwork on her blog, including this FANASTIC mural created on a house in Puerto Rico.


Have a great WW and don’t forget to link up!

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    About the Author

    Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and two Australian Shepherds. When not chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media. Migdalia gets her glam on as a Glambassador. She also knows that beauty begins on the inside; as a result, she promotes heart health as a Go Red for Women and Go Red Por Tu Corazon Spokesperson, the Spanish version of Go Red.

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    1 Carolyn G March 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    cool stuff!!

    2 Rachel March 17, 2010 at 10:01 am

    That is some awesome art work. Great stuff!!

    3 Harriet March 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    That is really neat!
    Have a great Wednesday!

    4 MominIN March 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Those are some cool murals! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me.

    5 adiaha March 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I am going to have to get out and see her stuff. It would be a great day trip for me and the girls. Thanks for the post! Great stuff….

    6 CatSynth March 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Interesting murals, I like the first (with the skateboard) and the last one in particular. It took a moment for the text on the ring to come into focus.

    7 Daddy Forever March 17, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Very nice. Those drawings are huge and very different.

    8 Shelley March 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Amazing pictures! My 16yo daughter would love these! I’ll show her when she gets home from school :) She is dying to go back to New York..she loves it there!

    9 Run DMT March 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Those are really incredible. I love the colors and the shapely figures of the women. I could see these on t-shirts. I would wear one! I will visit her blog later to check out some more of her artwork. Thanks for sharing this! I love it.

    Thanks for stopping by for WW! :-)

    10 Andrea March 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Cool … thanks for sharing!

    11 Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud March 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Beautiful murals! She’s very talented. You know, one of the things I love about your WW posts is that they’re gritty. They’re not posed or picture perfect. You give us a really urban, NY perspective and I love that! :)
    Thanks for stopping by and linking your Wordless Wednesday post up on my linky again. I received your email and totally forgot to respond, but I hope you and the family are doing well. Are you and the boys back home? Has life returned to normal? Take care gir!

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

    12 Katrina March 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I agree, the use of color is captivating. I don’t care too much for the murals though.
    Have a great day!

    13 Lauren @ Hobo Mama March 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, those are incredible. How do you even plan and execute artwork that large? I’m amazed.

    14 Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    It’s amazing to me that artists can paint on such a large scale. Very neat.

    15 Maria @ Oh Lovely Coupons March 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I went to Puerto Rico for two weeks with four girlfriends and it was one of the best trips in my life. We had a blast. I so want to go back!

    16 Alicia March 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Those are so cool!!!!!!!

    17 Muthering Heights March 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, those murals are HUGE!!!

    18 brooke March 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful… I can see why some of her work might not sit well with some people but it’s wonderful…. Liked the house one.

    19 BK March 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Beautiful works of art!

    20 lula March 18, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Hey! I really like it too! Why all the controversy? What do you think about the controversy going on about these woment? Actually, I dont understand.

    21 Mommy Kennedy March 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Wow! Those would have caught my eye too!

    Feel free to swing by and link up!

    22 Sabrina March 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Love the artwork!

    23 Melanie @ Whimsical Creations March 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    What cool artwork!

    24 Mary March 22, 2010 at 9:20 am


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