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  • ICAA Record ID
    849746
    TITLE
    "Serie de Cafe" Nitza Tufiño : "A Rafael Tufiño" / Susana Torruella Leval
    IMPRINT
    New York, USA : Cayman Gallery-Soho, 1981
    DESCRIPTION
    [5] p. : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Torruelva Leval, Susana. "Serie de Cafe" Nitza Tufiño : "A Rafael Tufiño." New York, USA: Cayman Gallery-Soho, 1981
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Synopsis

This essay, written by curator Susana Torruella Leval, provides a biographical overview of the careers of mural artist, Nitza Tufiño, and her father, Rafael Tufiño—a renowned Puerto Rican painter and printmaker. Leval describes the relationship between both artists as surpassing familial ties that evolved into that of colleagues. She discusses Rafael Tufiño’s central role in forging a national printmaking workshop in Puerto Rico that celebrated the popular culture of the Island, and she also provides an analysis of his print series on Puerto Rican coffee workers: El Cafe (1956). Leval sees Nitza Tufiño’s commitment to making public art as an extension of her father’s practice of creating art for and about common people. Torruella Leval describes Nitza’s incorporation of Taino, Aztec, and Mayan iconography in her mural for the Third Street Music School, in Manhattan as whimsical interpretations of pre-Columbian motifs that delight school children.

Annotations

The essay was written for the exhibition catalogue, Rafael Tufiño Serie del Café, Nitza Tufiño a Rafael Tufiño, held from March 11 to 28, 1981 at Cayman Gallery in SoHo, NYC.

Although Nitza and Rafael Tufiño have participated in the same groups shows, this is the only exhibition where their work was displayed side by side.

 

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Susana Torruella Leval, New York, NY