The – Merger: Mario Miguel Gonzalez (Cuba b. 1969), Niels Moleiro (Cuba b. 1970), and Alain Pinto (Cuba b. 1974) is an innovative group of three Cuban artists who have combined each of their unique artistic talents to create a unified vision of Contemporary Art. The Merger was developed in 2009 by Mario Miguel Gonzalez, Alain Pino, and Niels Moleiro. Each of them have been involved independently with the arts for many years prior to creating work through The-Merger, and since then their work has been seen in international art circles. They work with a variety of mediums not limiting themselves to one style. Their pieces, however, are primarily sculpture created in the materials of stainless steel on quartz, Plexiglas and neon, bronze, and wood. Their pieces are inspired by the elements of pop art and are created to represent the current social, economic, and political, situations in Cuba. The artistic motive of The-Merger is to manipulate popular icons by fusing multiple objects and subjects to create an expressive symbolic theme, which highlights the social and cultural events they have experienced directly.