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    [Letter] 1972 December 6, Cali, Colombia [to] Lorenzo Homar / Pedro Alcántara
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    Alcántara, Pedro to Lorenzo Homar, Cali, Colombia, December 6, 1972. The private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan de Puerto Rico.
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Colombian artist Pedro Alcántara thanks his Puerto Rican colleague Lorenzo Homar for a number of gifts brought to him by Ramiro Pazmiño. One of the first things that Alcántara mentions in this letter is a problem at the Encuentro de La Habana [Havana Encounter] where it seems that his work was rejected. Alcántara goes on to explain to Homar that he needs some materials to work: rubber for scrapers, as well as quality silk or polyester. Alcántara writes that he is even thinking of going to the Venezuelan border, specifically the town of San Cristóbal, because that is where those supplies are available. He closes by telling Homar that he managed to find a good Copal as well as Damar varnish.


Lorenzo Homar (San Juan, 1913-2004) organized in 1957 the Taller de Gráfica [Graphics Workshop] at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, which he directed until his resignation in 1973. Some of the foremost artists of Puerto Rican art studied printmaking techniques in this workshop. Homar inspired in them dedication and love for the art, for, as he once said: “There is no vocation without discipline, and without discipline there can be no freedom in art, or elsewhere.” Homar was one of the organizers of the First Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano held in 1970. He developed the technique of silkscreen and offered numerous workshops in and outside Puerto Rico.   Homar met Colombian artist Pedro Alcántara (b. 1942) when the latter was in San Juan for an exhibition of his work at the Galería El Morro (Dibujos y monotipos [Drawings and Monotypes], December 4, 1970) and for the Primera Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano [First Latin American Print Biennial, San Juan] (1970) in which Alcántara participated. Later, Alcántara had the opportunity to work in Homar’s studio, where he first came into contact with the silkscreen technique. From that time on, they became and remained close friends. In 1972, Homar was invited by the Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia, to give a class on silkscreen [printing] to a group of artists from that city. During the ten-day workshop, artists Pedro Alcántara, Enrique Grau, and Phanor León were able to print silkscreens for the portfolio that Cartón de Colombia was putting together that year. Shortly after the workshop, Alcántara, with Homar’s assistance, began working on plans to open a permanent printmaking studio. On August 23, 1974, a show featuring some of Alcántara’s graphic work from 1964 to 1974 was held at the Museo de Grabado Latinoamericano [Latin American Print Museum] of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Homar designed and printed the poster announcing the exhibition.

Flavia Marichal Lugo.
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Courtesy of the private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan Puerto Rico, PR
Archivo Lorenzo Homar