In the late 1600s, according to tradition, the Blessed Mother appeared to three fishermen,  all named Juan, who were lost in a stormy sea in the Bay of Nipe, near Santiago de Cuba.

 “Los tres Juanes,” one an Indian, another one of black skin, and the third one a white man, saw a small wooden image floating on the water, with the words:  "I am the Virgin of Charity" carved the bottom area below the figure. As soon as they picked up the image, the storm ceased and they were able to make it to shore in safety.

 

My images of the Virgin of Charity, or La Caridad, take many shapes and colors, depending on my inspiration. They are devotional icons. 

La Caridad, the Virgin of Charity

José  F. Grave de Peralta