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In this letter, José Antonio Torres Martinó tells Lorenzo Homar that the Mexican artist Alberto Beltrán greatly enjoyed the book that Homar had sent him, and would like to publish it in El Gallo Ilustrado, the supplement put out by El Día (a left wing newspaper). Torres Martinó mentions two forthcoming exhibitions in Mexico—one of Polish posters, and the other of works by the noted printmaker José Guadalupe Posada at the Palacio de Bellas Artes [Palace of Fine Arts]. Torres Martinó ends his letter by saying that he is happy to be back in Mexico, five years after his last visit.  


The book mentioned by José Antonio Torres Martinó is Los renegados [The Renegades], which is a folk story written by Ricardo Alegría with woodcut illustrations that are designed by Homar. Two hundred copies of the book were printed on Shizvoka paper.

In 1958, Puerto Rican printmaker Lorenzo Homar went to Mexico City with the delegation of Puerto Rican artists who took part in the I Bienal Interamericana de Pintura y Grabado [1st Inter-American Biennial of Painting and Prints]. In Mexico City they were feted by the Taller de Gráfica Popular [People’s Print Workshop] (TGP). This was where Homar met Leopoldo Méndez, Mariana Yampolsky, Arturo García Bustos, and Beltrán himself, among others. Following this trip, Homar developed a close friendship with Beltrán (1923–2002). Homar’s archives contain a wealth of correspondence between the two men. Beltrán, who was devoted to the nationalist cause, joined the TGP in 1944. He was awarded first prize in the print category at the Primera Bienal Interamericana de Pintura y Grabado [First Inter-American Biennial of Painting and Prints]. Beltrán was the publisher of two newspapers that featured cartoons, Ahí va el golpe [Be careful!] and El Coyote Emplumado [The Feathered Coyote] as well as deputy director for graphics at the newspaper El Día.


Flavia Marichal Lugo.
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Courtesy of José A. Torres Martino, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Courtesy of the private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan Puerto Rico, PR