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This is an obituary essay by Alejandro Anreus on the Dominican painter Darío Suro (1918–97). A former student of Diego Rivera and Manuel Rodríguez Lozano during his stay in Mexico in the 1940s, Suro’s trajectory as a painter—evolving from social expressionism to abstraction—is discussed by Anreus. He also recalls Suro’s inter-disciplinary activity as a painter, art critic, and New York exile from the Dominican Republic’s General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo dictatorship (1953–63). Anreus recounts Suro’s many friends and colleagues at The New York School such as Stuart Davis, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, and Fritz Glarner. In conclusion, Anreus cites Suro’s intense personality, caustic wit, and visual lucidity.

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Printed in a periodical published by independent art critic and curator Gustavo Valdés, Jr., this obituary/essay is authored by Alejandro Anreus, art historian and former curator of the Jersey City Museum (1993–2001). Anreus knew and interviewed Darío Suro, and had occasion to work with him in 1991-92, when Anreus organized the exhibition 3 Hispanic-American Masters at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey (October 1992).

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Tere Romo.
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Alejandro Anreus, Roselle Park, NJ