Marta María Pérez Bravo was one of the artists whose work was featured in “Pushing Image Paradigms” this past summer (1996). Drawing specifically from synthesized religious elements of Catholicism, Candomble, and Santería, personal history, and metaphoric sign, Marta uses her body as a personal altar, transforming images of herself into symbols of ritual and sacrifice through which she explores her identity as a woman. Her work has been received with both controversy and critical acclaim. Marta currently lives and works in Havana, Cuba, and has received numerous awards and international recognition for her unique photography.