"It's been very hard for all of us," Offir Hernandez says. "And part of our therapy is to keep him alive through his art and his dreams."
Reefa wanted to go to art school one day. He made paintings and sculptures and mixed-media pieces, and won awards for them.
This Sunday, while Art Basel is underway, two of Reefa's works will be displayed at Blank Canvas alongside pieces by seven other Colombian artists that aim to honor Colombia's cultural progress. (The Hernandez family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia.)
Offir Hernandez says this is just the beginning. The family plans to put on other events to show off Reefa's work. And she's working to start his dream skateboarding company, Tropical by Reefa.