Mistakenly branded in childhood as profoundly retarded, Judy was to spend thirty-five dismal years in institutional custody before the love of her twin sister intervened to obtain her release, setting her on that mythic journey from darkness into light, which would win for her international acclaim as an artist of exceptional talent and originality.
Who or what are your influences?
The drawings of children, outsider artists, graffiti, pop art, Bad Painting and some artists like Keith Haring, Dubuffet, Oldenburg, Estella, etc. Some modern Cuban painting, European expressionism and North American abstract. The dirtiness of some areas of New York City or Havana.
What inspires your work?
I am inspired seeing the art of children, the freedom that they work with. Listening to rock music and reading comic books since I was young. Also graffiti, pop art and cubism. Looking at fine art in museums and walking in New York City.
How does Miami/South Florida influence your work?
What I breathe in on the streets, the sky with its intensity and luminosity. The taxis on the streets and the intense movement of the airplanes entering and leaving the city. The luminosity of the city. In conclusion, all the mix of Latin and black culture of the city.
How would you describe your work?
Graffitti, pop art, children's drawings, Outsider artists with elitist and street culture. To preserve the spontaneous movement instinct.
What has been the most unusual reaction to your work from the public?
For people to say that my drawings can be made by or are the same as those of a 3-year-old child! That my work has no value because I paint like a child.