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The work of Jorge Soto, an artist of Puerto Rican descent, is featured in the portfolio section of the first issue of Caribe magazine. He explains his drawings and images as incorporating symbols and meanings related to the general themes of being human as well as to his Puerto Rican roots that merge indigenous Arawak and African ancestry. Making a statement against the interpretation of African and indigenous cultures as exotic or primitive, Soto writes that he is inspired by a world view that respects nature, in which “Man understood his relationship with the Universe and was at peace with himself.”

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Jorge Soto (1947–1987) was recognized as the most gifted and prolific member of the artist collective, Taller Boricua [Puerto Rican Workshop], where he functioned as director during the mid-1970s. His distinctive iconography, which blended African and Pre-Columbian motifs, among other traditions, expressed the multiracial and multicultural makeup of Puerto Rican identity. Soto also experimented with writing poetry on his own, and developed synthetic ways of picturing his bicultural background that mirrored the Nuyorican poets’s practice of fusing Spanish and English.

 

Researcher
Libertad Guerra.
Credit
Courtesy of Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), New York, NY