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  • ICAA Record ID
    850581
    TITLE
    [I have always been an artist true to my calling]
    DESCRIPTION
    [1] leaf
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – Poem
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this short poem, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, explains why he has always been an artist, never paying any attention to other people’s opinion [of him]. In the poem, de Romero explains that his dedication is documented by his “garabatos” [scribbles], also called his “trabajos” [works].

Annotations

Ralph de Romero Rivera (New York, 1946–Humacao, Puerto Rico, 2000) studied in the Departamento de Bellas Artes [Department of Fine Arts] at the Universidad de Puerto Rico. After he graduated, he returned to New York to study at Pratt Institute (1967–70). During his final year at Pratt, he was granted a Fulbright Grant to study under the muralist and painter David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico City, where he spent the two years of the fellowship. He subsequently took courses at the Colorado Graphic Arts Center in Denver (1981), and at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière in París (1993–95).

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo.
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Lizza Robles Vda. De Romero, San Juan, Puerto Rico.