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Panamanian artist Julio Zachrisson congratulates Lorenzo Homar on the poster he created for his exhibition. He also congratulates him on his selection as a member of the jury of the festival in Cali, Colombia. He asks Homar to talk to Luigi Marrozzini, the director of the Galería Colibrí in San Juan, Puerto Rico, because he is expecting a letter from him. Zachrisson asks Homar to let him know which print he would like among those on display at the Galería Colibrí, since he, Zachrisson, would like to give Homar one of his works. Toward the end of his letter, he expresses his dismay concerning the future of some friends whose work is going to be judged.  


Julio Zachrisson (born 1930) is the Panamanian artist whose work was shown at the Galería Colibrí in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in September 1970. Lorenzo Homar created the silkscreen poster for the exhibition. A regular at the Puerto Rican event, Zachrisson participated in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 8th San Juan Biennial of Latin American Prints. 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