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Written in 1966 on the occasion of the exhibition of prints by Puerto Rican artist José R. Alicea, this introduction by Luigi Marrozzini—an Italian art dealer who lived in Puerto Rico and directed the Galería Colibrí—places emphasis on Alicea’s extensive graphic production. Marrozzini points out Alicea’s modesty in relation to both his work and his personal life. He also discusses two themes in Alicea’s art: love of country and the wildlife of Puerto Rico. Marrozzini considers Alicea’s production outstanding due to his discipline and tireless pursuit of ever better work. 


In the exhibition at the Galería Colibrí, José R. Alicea presented 129 prints in the following media and materials: woodcuts, Plexiglas, linocut, etchings, aquatint, drypoint, and relief etching. He also presented three portfolios: 5 Estampas de San Juan [5 Prints of Saint John], El Cantar de Cantares [Song of Songs] and Río Grande de Loíza [Loiza River].

The galleries that promoted graphic work by artists from Puerto Rico that opened in San Juan in the 1960s included Galería Isla (opened in 1963), Galería Sol (opened in 1964) and Galería Santiago (opened in 1965). Of them, the Galería Colibrí (opened in 1963) under the direction of Luigi Marrozzini (1933–1997) was particularly outstanding. It was sponsored by artists and by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP). In its first years, it focused solely on the exhibition and sale of graphic art from the island. 


Flavia Marichal Lugo
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico