Fidel Castro

A portrait of human as revolutionary

Represented thus far is the human potential to become dictator and martyr. In Fidel Castro is highlighted the power of a single person to instigate huge change in his world. Although there are other revolutionaries to choose from, Fidel Castro has been chosen because of his success in maintaining his leadership against incredible odds (638 assassination attempts no less) and because he is passionate about social justice. This excerpt from his famous defense speech when on trial for militant activity defines the term revolutionary.

I warn you, I am just beginning! If there is in your hearts a vestige of love for your country, love for humanity, love for justice, listen carefully… I know that the regime will try to suppress the truth by all possible means, I know that there will be a conspiracy to bury me in oblivion. But my voice will not be stifled – it will rise from my breast even when I feel most alone, and my heart will give it all the fire that callous cowards deny it … Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.

Castro is a living example of vision becoming reality. He went on to lead the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista and become Prime Minister of Cuba. This portrait embodies the amazing potential within each of us to manifest change in our world. The language within this image is straightforward and is meant to give some detail of the revolutionary’s life. The colors blue and white however, were a choice made to avoid communist red (Castro openly denied being a communist), and/or the red of bloody revolution. For though blood was shed throughout Castro’s revolution, this portrait is about the determination of the human spirit.