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The art critic Enrique García Gutiérrez reviews works by Olga Albizu, who returned to Puerto Rico in 1998 after an absence of thirty years to exhibit twenty-two of her canvases. After a brief biographical note about the artist, García Gutiérrez recalls that she was deeply influenced by the renowned German painter Hans Hofmann. García Gutiérrez refers to what he calls a “certain aesthetic expressiveness” that runs through the entire exhibition. The critic pays particular attention to the compositions and titles of Albizu’s paintings.
The exhibition was held at the Galería de Arte at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón [Sacred Heart University] in Santurce. Olga Albizu (Ponce, PR, 1924–New York, NY, 2005) was a harbinger of abstract art in Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), from where she graduated in 1946. From 1945 to 1947 she studied under the Spanish painter Esteban Vicente. She spent the following two years in New York, where she studied with Hans Hofmann, and later at the Art Students League (1949–51). In June 1966, at the initiative of José Gómez Sicre, her work was exhibited at the Pan-American Union in Washington, DC.