Xavier Cortada in 2005.
The Cuban Monument to Freedom, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve, promote and present the Painted Cuban Plane and Freedom Luggage Installation created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada. The organization was created to ensure that the experiences of individual Cuban exiles do not fade from memory.
Xavier Cortada was born in Albany, New York and was raised and lives in Miami. The Cuban-American artist holds three degrees from the University of Miami. His work has been shown across four continents and is in the permanent collection of The World Bank. Cortada has been commissioned to create art for government agencies (the White House, Miami City Hall), cultural institutions (Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History) and corporations (Nike, Heineken). Major collaborative art projects include International AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, peace murals in Northern Ireland and Cyprus and child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama.