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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.
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).