Alma Latina (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- No. 528 (Ene. 12, 1946)
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Luis Quero Chiesa, an educator born in Puerto Rico, believes that his fellow countrymen are responsible for creating the foundation for their own national art: a simple yet vigorous art that explores serious, profound issues and that “awakens in every Puerto Rican a sense of national unity and identity.” He thinks that the government should help by providing grants and scholarships, creating either an academy of fine arts, or organizing exhibitions that would allow Puerto Rican art to develop of its own accord.
Luis Quero Chiesa (Ponce, 1911–New York, 1994) went to the Big Apple in 1929, where he studied painting and design at Parsons School of Design. He returned to Puerto Rico in 1934, and began getting to know the island as well as he could. He later returned to New York, where he spent the rest of his life. In 1941 he exhibited his work at the University of Puerto Rico. At that time his production had a regional quality. Indeed, he painted typical scenes of Puerto Rican life, such as wakes, coal merchants, sugar cane cutters, and so on.
Quero Chiesa gave a lecture titled “Arte Nacional Puertorriqueño” [Puerto Rican National Art] at the New York Public Library at the opening of an exhibition of his work. The lecture was published in seven installments in the Revista Alma Latina [Latin Soul Magazine], and in the Revista del Café [Coffee Magazine] in 1945. This issue, dated January 12, 1946, was the seventh and final installment of the series.
The other issues that carried the installments were as follows: December 1, 1945 (see doc. No. 823757); December 8, 1945 (doc. No. 823742); December 15, 1945 (doc. No. 823725); December 22, 1945 (doc. No. 823709); December 29, 1945 (doc. No. 823694); and January 5, 1946 (doc. No. 823679).