In 2010, artist Emilio Hector Rodriguez created a group exhibition with abstract artists in the community who shared the same sensibility and reflected their interest in abstract work. The original group in this collaborative consisted of five artists, and now numbers nine. In 2013, the group became known as 7 Plus One Art Project.
The common goal among the artists was to present their works as a group, while each artist displayed an individual independence from visual representation. The collaborative is a globally diverse collection of artists, all of whom bring the culture, folklore and academic formation of their country to their work, while maintaining shared precepts and true concepts of abstract art that uses the raw language of non-representation. The artists whose work will be on display at the Sardinas Art Gallery at St. Thomas University are: Ana Maria Hoyos, Colombia; Bibiana Cervantes, Colombia; Emilio Hector Rodriguez, Cuba; Maggy Aguirre, Mexico; Margarita Correa Ochoa, Colombia; Maruchi Carmona, Cuba; Pedro Hernandez, Cuba; and, Maria Teresa D’Azucena, El Salvador.