Ride on a Flushing Train

Esteban Najarro1989

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages

This painting captures a moment of enormous demographic and cultural change in Long Island/Queens/New York City, the post-1965 immigration explosion that has led to a much more diversified Metropolitan community. It is an artful representation of what Najarro (1924-2012), a Cuban-born artist trained at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, saw every day in his commute to New York aboard the Flushing 7 train in the 1980s. After leaving Havana for the United States as a young man, Najarro lived in Manhattan, Astoria, and Woodside, before arriving in Syosset in 1991. Najarro’s work often spoke to issues of identity and occasionally immigration; his paintings are boldly colorful, gestural, and tend to linger in one’s memory.

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  • Title: Ride on a Flushing Train
  • Creator: Esteban Najarro
  • Date Created: 1989
  • Location: Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 60 3/4"h x 60 1/2"w
  • Provenance: Gift of Frank Karl Ortner, 2017
  • Subject Keywords: Esteban Najarro, Cuban-born artist, immigrant, oil painting, community, culture, demographic change, Flushing, New York City, New York, subway, urban
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas