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    El hombre que pinta = The man who paints / Marta Traba
    Personajes de Rodón : 1971-1983. -- Río Piedras, PR: Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2 de dic., 1983 - 31 de ene., 1984
    p. 30 - 32 : ill.
    English; Spanish
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    Traba, Marta. “El hombre que pinta = The man who paints.” In Personajes de Rodón: 1971 – 1983, 30–32. Exh. cat., Río Piedras, PR: Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1983.

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Marta Traba, the Argentine art critic, states that Francisco Rodón is “un hombre que pinta” [a man who paints]. She calls him this because he is a person who “considera la vida como su actividad fundamental y ha resuelto dar testimonio y plantearse esa vivencia a través de su pintura” [considers living to be his main activity and is determined to bear witness and set that experience forth through painting]. Although he has painted still lifes and landscapes, his best work is the portrait. Traba analyzes how the idea of the portrait is linked to the central idea of life and death.


This essay is a selection from the unpublished manuscript, “Cuatro Pintores Puertorriqueños” [Four Puerto Rican Painters] (1971).

Francisco Rodón (born in San Sebastián, PR, in 1934) studied in Paris, Madrid and the United States. In 1959, he returned to Puerto Rico and began his graphic art training with Lorenzo Homar in the Taller de Gráfica [Graphic Art Workshop] at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [Institute of Puerto Rican Culture]. Rodón has received numerous prizes, and his work has been recognized internationally. His most distinguished work is painted portraiture.

The exhibition, Personajes de Rodón [Rodon’s Public Figures] was held at el Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico [the Museum of the University of Puerto Rico] from December 2, 1983, to January 31, 1984. There were 15 works shown, including portraits of Marta Traba, Rosario Ferré, Rubén Darío, Borges, Luis Muñoz Marín, Rómulo Betancourt, Juan Rulfo, Vaslaw Nijinsky, Alicia Alonso, and Philippe de Montebello.

Flavia Marichal Lugo
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Courtesy of Fernando Zalamea Traba, Bogotá, Colombia