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At the retrospective exhibition of his work held at the Museo de Arte de Ponce on April 13, 1978, Lorenzo Homar gave a talk entitled “Some Thoughts on Posters.” He discussed the importance of posters as a means of visual communication to the masses, in both capitalist and socialist countries. He explained that Puerto Rico has never had specific places designated for posters, but that the island has always had a tradition of creating posters, a tradition which still exists today. Both the División de Educación a la Comunidad [DIVEDCO, Department of Community Education] and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [ICP, Puerto Rican Cultural Institute] played a key role in the development of the poster as an art form and in Homar’s professional life. In his talk, Homar also discussed printing techniques, the use of calligraphy in posters, and the need to create a poster museum. He supported his ideas with quotes from famous French thinkers, such as André Malraux and Abraham Moles, and the North American writer Susan Sontag, among others.  


Lorenzo Homar (San Juan, 1913-2004) organized in 1957 the Taller de Gráfica [Graphics Workshop] at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, which he directed until his resignation in 1973. Some of the foremost artists of Puerto Rican art studied printmaking techniques in this workshop. Homar inspired in them dedication and love for the art, for, as he once said: “There is no vocation without discipline, and without discipline there can be no freedom in art, or elsewhere.” Homar was one of the organizers of the First Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano held in 1970. He developed the technique of silkscreen and offered numerous workshops in and outside Puerto Rico.

Flavia Marichal Lugo.
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Courtesy of the private archives of Laura Homar Dämm and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Museo de Arte de Ponce