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July 24, 2008


SANTA ANA, Calif. - Paintings by artist Viredo are on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) now through the end of August in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of the Airport’s "Community Focus Program", which features Orange County artists.

Viredo’s paintings are inspired by the complex Afro-Cuban culture of his childhood in Regla, Cuba. The paintings are on display in the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4. An example of Viredo’s work can be seen below.

Carmen by Viredo

By Viredo

"In my art I try to communicate my amazement at the diversity of humankind that I see around me. Sometimes I try to show the relationship between music and the visual arts," said Viredo. "I always return to the rich canvas of my childhood where so many elements blended together in so many colors and sounds."

A native of Cuba, Viredo began his career there, later relocating to the United States in 1965 to work as a commercial artist. Viredo has received commendations from the U.S. House of Representatives and the California State Assembly for his service to the community. In addition, he was awarded "Local Hero Award" by PBS station KCET and Union Bank of California. In 2000, he received the "La Palma Espinada" from the Cuban Culture Institute.  To learn more about Viredo’s artwork, visit For more information about the John Wayne Airport, go to

For an electronic version of the paintings, please contact Jenny Wedge at or 949.252.5182.


John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, and serves nearly ten million passengers annually.