The Statue of Liberty is universally known as representing the hopes and dreams of every immigrant coming to America. While the Statue of Liberty is iconic as an American treasure it may not accurately capture the plight of today’s immigrant who faces draconian visa delays, mandatory detention if the individual is an arriving alien, cruel and inhumane unlawful presence penalties and work exploitation just to name a few examples.
Recently Rodney Youman and Ray Fasano met with renowned Ecuadorian artist Christian Moreano in Guayaquil. Mr. Moreano is known as the Norman Rockwell of Ecuador. Mr. Fasano was immediately impacted by the emotion and energy of the works of art produced by Mr. Moreno as Mr. Youman explained the details of each painting. The attorneys became inspired. What if Mr. Moreno could meet with the clients of Youman, Madeo & Fasano and feel their pain and absorb their emotions? What if the desperation and need of today’s immigrant could be felt in the energy and passion of Mr. Moreno’s talent and expressed on the canvas? An idea was born. The Partners decided to commission Mr. Moreno to complete a piece that will capture the hopes and goals and emotions of today’s immigrant. The work will be displayed in Youman, Madeo & Fasano’s Queens location.
Mr. Fasano stated, “art represents so much in our culture. Digital images and video can only record a moment in time while each stroke of an artist’s brush feels the emotion of the subject. We hope our clients will enjoy the piece that we have commissioned for them.”