Roberto Alberty. -- San Juan, Puerto Rico : Museo de Arte de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1973
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In the “Prologue” to his exhibition at the Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (1973), the Puerto Rican artist Roberto Alberty dedicates the exhibition to women. In an “Explanatory Note,” Alberty explains that he has pursued a non-traditional approach to painting. Instead of producing paintings, he composes what he calls “artistic objects.” He collects bits and pieces of things and tries to find and create new relationships between them. In his opinion, artworks are “poems that can be seen.” Finally, in an “Epilogue,” the artist claims that the particular arrangement of the things he has collected (mainly trash) can be beautiful.
Roberto Alberty “El Bochio” (1930–1985) encouraged avant-garde movements and inspired more than one generation of artists who exhibited their work alongside his in cafés and galleries in the Río Piedras area of the capital city, in the vicinity of the Universidad de Puerto Rico. Alberty, a bohemian artist and sensitive poet was known for expressing himself in a spontaneous, original style embedded in great sincerity. He was a member of the El Mirador Azul [Blue Lookout Point] group that boldly promoted the Surrealist movement.