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In this interview with journalist Armindo Núñez, Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar, who was chosen to represent Puerto Rico at the Encuentro de Artistas Plásticos Latinoamericanos [Encounter of Latin American Visual Artists] in Cuba, recounts different life experiences. He starts by speaking of his early years on the island and how he got started in the sphere of art before moving to New York City at the age of fourteen. Regarding his years in New York, Homar speaks of his first jobs, including his experience working as an acrobat in variety shows and his work at Cartier jewelers, as well as his later studies and his years of military service when he was drafted as a sergeant during World War II. This last experience was what incited him to return to Puerto Rico. Homar describes how, once back on the island, he started working in silkscreen. He also discusses his current production.
This interview was held shortly before Homar traveled to Cuba to represent Puerto Rico at the Encuentro de Artistas Plásticos Latinoamericanos [Encounter of Latin American Visual Artists], a cultural event held in 1976 and coordinated by Cuban painter Mariano Rodríguez, deputy director of the Casa Las Américas [House of the Americas]. Lorenzo Homar (San Juan, 1913-2004) organized in 1957 the Taller de Gráfica [Graphics Workshop] at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, which he directed until his resignation in 1973. Some of the foremost artists of Puerto Rican art studied printmaking techniques in this workshop. Homar inspired in them dedication and love for the art, for, as he once said: “There is no vocation without discipline, and without discipline there can be no freedom in art, or elsewhere.” Homar was one of the organizers of the First Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano held in 1970. He developed the technique of silkscreen and offered numerous workshops in and outside Puerto Rico.