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  • ICAA Record ID
    862862
    TITLE
    Terra firma, November 19, 1986
    DESCRIPTION
    2 leaves
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – Poem
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    De Romero, Ralph. "Terra Firma." Artist's handwritten, November 19, 1986. Private Archives of Lizza Robles, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Synopsis

In this poem, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, writes about the tierra [earth] as if it were a living being that provides us everything we need, as well as what we are. The poem begins and ends by pointing out that the earth is the greatest resource we have. Under the date there are notes: diptych, acrylic on canvas, with measurements 46” x 92”, which suggest that he was thinking about this poem as a possible painting.

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.