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The Puerto Rican curator and critic Mercedes Trelles explains that the Puerto Rican artist José R. Alicea favors representing texts by Puerto Rican writers in a variety of media within a portfolio. This essay points out that after a forty-year career as a printmaker, Alicea’s most recent project has been to create a graphic portfolio based on “La búsqueda asesina” [The Murderous Quest], the 1954 poem by the avant-garde Puerto Rican writer Luis Palés Matos. Mercedes Trelles describes Alicea’s early work as a printmaker, his training under Lorenzo Homar, and eventually, his own experience as an educator. She also mentions Alicea’s technical explorations.
José R. Alicea (Ponce, PR, b. 1928) is a printmaker, poster artist, graphic designer, and teacher. He studied printmaking under Lorenzo Homar at the Taller de Gráfica [Print Workshop] at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [Puerto Rican Cultural Institute] (ICP), where he later worked as Homar’s assistant. He began teaching printmaking at the ICP’s Escuela de Artes Plásticas [School of Visual Arts] in 1965. In 1979, the IV Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe [Fourth San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Prints] honored him at the exhibition presented at the Museo del Grabado Latinoamericano [Museum of Latin American Prints], home of the Casa de los Contrafuertes [House of Buttresses] in Old San Juan, from May 25 through August 31. The exhibition included 135 of his works.