Dimas, Marcos. "Statement." In The Voyager. Exh. cat., New York: El Museo del Barrio, 1981.
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In this essay, New York-based Puerto Rican artist Marcos Dimas discusses how participating in an exhibition of Puerto Rican artists at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1969 led to his involvement in forming the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition (PRAWC). The PRAWC aimed to end discrimination against women and minority artists, decentralize museum collections, and make art more accessible to common people. He states that the surrealist assemblage he created during that time, Vanity Table, reflected the turbulent emotions he felt about operating within the constraints and biases of the New York art milieu. Dimas writes that his ideals led him to cleanse himself of formal art training in an effort to reach a raw state of creativity. While experiencing a creative rebirth in 1974, Dimas states that the pre-Columbian Taíno motifs shown in his work reflect the spiritual voyages he has taken into the past.
Marcos Dimas is one of the founding fathers of Taller Boricua, the oldest Puerto Rican artist collective in East Harlem (El Barrio), New York City. Organized by El Museo del Barrio in 1982, The Voyager, is Dimas’s only major retrospective to date.