Fabian Peña turns his obsession with the cockroach into art


While growing up in Cuba, Fabian Peña became fascinated by the patterns left by bug splatter on the floors and walls of his home.

“My grandfather would swat insects with a rolled-up copy of Granma, and their squashed remains made an impression on me,” he recalls. “Later on in my work, I began giving bugs the possibility of commenting on man’s existential condition after their death. I know it’s a bit absurd.”

His medium of choice these days is the Periplaneta americana, or the common American cockroach.

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