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In this letter to Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar, Mexican artist Alberto Beltrán comments on the new issue of the publication, El coyote emplumado[The Plumed Coyote], which will cover topics relating to the campaign being waged by right-wing forces in Mexico. Beltrán closes by stating that the hard times in Mexico—and the rest of Latin America—will most certainly lead to crisis.


In 1958, Puerto Rican printmaker Lorenzo Homar traveled to Mexico City as part of the delegation of Puerto Rican artists participating in the I Bienal Interamericana de Pintura y Grabado[First Inter-American Painting and Print Biennial]. The artists from Puerto Rico were warmly received by the members of the Taller de Gráfica Popular [TGP, People’s Graphic Workshop]. While in Mexico City, Homar met Leopoldo Méndez, Mariana Yampolsky, Arturo García Bustos, Alberto Beltrán, and others. Through this trip, Homar became close friends with Alberto Beltrán (1923–2002); there is considerable correspondence between the two in Lorenzo Homar’s archive.

For the delegation of Puerto Rican artists, the trip to Mexico represented a great opportunity to come into contact with new forms of expression and ideas since all the countries in the region participated in the biennial. In addition to Homar, the Puerto Rican artists who traveled to Mexico on this occasion were Augusto Marín, José Antonio Torres Martinó, Rafael Tufiño, Eduardo Vera, Manuel Hernández Acevedo, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Antonio Maldonado, Isabel Bernal, José Manuel Figueroa, and Carlos Osorio. Writers Emilio Díaz Valcárcel, Pedro Juan Soto, and René Marqués also went along, accompanied by Ricardo Alegría, the director of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) at the time.   Lorenzo Homar (San Juan, 1913–2004) was a printmaker, poster artist, calligrapher, book illustrator, set and clothing designer, and mentor to a whole generation of Puerto Rican printmakers. From 1952 to 1957, he was the director of the Taller de Gráfica [Graphics Workshop] at the División de Educación de la Comunidad (DIVEDCO). In 1955, he organized the Taller de Gráfica at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP), where he remained until 1973. Later, he worked in his own studio, where he experimented with and perfected the silkscreen technique.

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