"Using pop-culture, personal experiences, and Caribbean, Black And Latinx cultural references, I create contemporary pop-art pieces that represent a moment in my journey that also provokes a memory for the viewer. It is like having a conversation with the viewer, connecting our individual experiences through nostalgic response to imagery. At the core of my art lies an empowering message about internal wealth and the recognition of one's intrinsic value. Symbolized by my signature, a diamond, my artwork serves as a reminder of the inherent riches that reside within each individual. By spreading this message of internal wealth through my art, I aim to inspire others to embrace their own unique worth and potential."
Lee Lee La Cubana (Ashley Miah) is an Afro-Latina artist and SHE.E.O. of The Culture Candy, hailing from the vibrant Lower East Side of New York City. Her artistic focus lies in the realm of acrylic painting, where she skillfully brings to life contemporary pop-art pieces that reflect her unique experiences and perspectives. In recognition of her community work and artistic expression, Lee Lee La Cubana was honored as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Local 2023 and Crain's "20 in their 20s" in 2022. Her creations are a compelling blend of her upbringing in urban New York City, the journey into womanhood, and the exploration of internal wealth and self-discovery. Lee Lee La Cubana's artistic journey began during her early life when she independently immersed herself in art, ultimately leading her to attend the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art. Continuing her dedication to the field, she pursued her passion and obtained a B.F.A. from Hunter College. Having been born and raised in the vibrant Lower East Side of New York City, Ashley draws inspiration from her urban surroundings. She creates contemporary
pop art paintings that cleverly incorporate elements of 90's and current pop culture, divine femininity, experiences and the unique urban culture of the city. At the heart of Lee Lee La Cubana's art lies a powerful message about internal wealth and the importance of recognizing one's intrinsic value. Symbolized by her diamond signature, her art serves as a constant reminder of the inherent riches that reside within each individual. Through her creations, Ashley aims to spread this message of internal wealth and inspire others to embrace their own unique worth.
THE CULTURE CANDY
The Culture Candy is a NYC based arts organization that celebrates urban New York City Culture, the arts, and urban & minority artists by providing upcoming artists with showcase opportunities. Founded by Ashley Miah and Zalika Zeni two female artists of color seeking opportunities in the New York City art world, The Culture Candy is dedicated to encouraging young minority creatives to pursue their artistic passions through their involvement in community programs, the founding of NYC Art Week and gallery pop-ups throughout NYC.