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  • ICAA Record ID
    1055203
    TITLE
    Entrevista : Luis Hernández Cruz, el abstracto por excelencia / Mercedes Trelles Hernández
    IN
    Luis Hernández Cruz. -- San Juan, Puerto Rico : Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2003
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 70-75
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Trelles- Hernández, Mercedes. "Entrevista: Luis Hernández Cruz, el abstracto por excelencia." In Luis Hernández Cruz, 70-75. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2003.
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Synopsis

The Puerto Rican curator, Mercedes Trelles Hernández, interviews Luis Hernández Cruz, the printmaker and painter, who speaks about his education, style, approach to painting, and understanding of abstract painting. Hernández Cruz, a seminal figure in the development of abstract art in Puerto Rico, explains how he was introduced to abstract art by the Argentine critic Damián Carlos Bayón, who was a guest professor at the University of Puerto Rico at the time. The Argentine professor was teaching an art history class, in which he referred to certain essays by his mentor in Buenos Aires, the critic and art theoretician, Jorge Romero Brest. Hernández Cruz also discusses the structure he uses in his work, the difference between what he considers atmospheric and geometric abstraction, his organic paintings, and the concept of “anti-figure.”

Annotations

Luis Hernández Cruz (San Juan, b. 1936) has been a tireless supporter of abstract painting in Puerto Rico. In 1977, he and fellow-artists Lope Max Díaz, Antonio Navia, and Paul Camacho organized a group called Frente [Front] as a means of uniting abstract artists and promoting their work. Hernández Cruz was also a founding member and president of the Congreso de Artistas Abstractos [Abstract Artists Conference], organized in 1984.   

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of Mercedes Trelles, San Juan, Puerto Rico