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Eva Shaw

Lorenzo has always been an observer, an explorer and a storyteller.

​As a young boy and inspired by old Hollywood movies such as Robin Hood or Prince Valiant, he penned extraordinary tales of heroes rescuing loved ones in distress. ​But most of all, he cherished writing about the summers at his maternal grandparent’s farm where no one bullied him and no man ever desired him. ​Alone there, surrounded by Cuba’s beautiful countryside, away from the chaos of his Havana home, he would discover his perseverance and strength.

​His personal story is quite typical, arriving in New York City at seventeen after a two-year exile in Spain without any money, not knowing the language and lacking the skills to step into a world unlike anything that he had ever known. ​Nonetheless, and like immigrants always do, Lorenzo found a way to assimilate, make it to college and build a professional and personal life for himself.

Despite the adversities of his young life, he does not see himself as a damaged creature unable to live in the world but as a successful individual who endured to achieve many of his desired goals while trying to live an authentic and honest life.

Today, he lives in amazing Richmond, VA with his husband of over twenty-five years and a spirited Corgi Mix named Lucy Honeychurch in honor of the character in E. M. Forster’s ‘A Room with a View’.

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