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  • ICAA Record ID
    863119
    TITLE
    O Beautiful America
    DESCRIPTION
    [1] leaf
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – Poem
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    De Romero, Ralph. "O Beautiful America." Artist's handwritting, February 3, 1969.
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Synopsis

“O Beautiful America” is a satirical poem written by Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York. De Romero uses it as a basis for his open criticism of U.S. democracy, the administration, its policies, and the lack of liberty and equality.

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.