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  • ICAA Record ID
    854214
    AUTHOR
    Braschi, Wilfredo
    TITLE
    José Antonio Torres Martino : Un autodidacta del pincel / por Wilfredo Braschi
    IN
    Alma Latina (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- Jul. 27, 1946
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 12
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Braschi, Wilfredo. "José Antonio Torres Martino: Un autodidacta del pincel." Alma Latina (San Juan, Puerto Rico), July 27, 1946, 12.
Synopsis

The Puerto Rican writer, Wilfredo Braschi, speaks of “arte nuevo” and its reception (sometimes with reticence) by both art appreciators and scholars. Braschi believes that the Puerto Rican artist, José Antonio Torres Martinó, is a “pintor nuevo” [modern painter]. That is, while his work continues to have a regional flavor, it is unquestionably universal. Moreover, his paintings address the matter of what it is to be Puerto Rican, but in Braschi’s opinion, his figurative work may also be relevant to other parts of the world. The writer comments on some of Torres Martinó’s works: El enfermo [Sick Man], Maternidad [Motherhood], Crimen [Crime], Cándida, Niño [Kid], Mujer [Woman], and Soldado [Soldier].

Annotations

José A. Torres Martinó (Ponce, born 1916) is considered the ideological leader of the generation born in the 1950s in Puerto Rico. As such, he was among those who defended the creation of an autonomous artistic movement in Puerto Rico. He also played an active role as arts educator and promoter of the graphic arts. In 1969, he founded and taught at the Taller de Diseño Gráfico [Graphic Design Workshop] de la Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Working with the artist Myrna Báez, he founded the Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico in 1981. The reason for organizing this group of artists was to protest against government intervention in cultural matters at the time.

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico