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[This document is] a brief, poetic reflection by the Puerto Rican artist Antonio Navia on what is, and what is not art. As an example, Navia claims that “art should raise awareness,” but he also says that “art is neither left-wing nor right-wing.” The final three verses express his idea of what constitutes art.


Antonio Navia (Bayamón, PR, b. 1945) is a noted painter, illustrator, sculptor, and creator of environmental installations, such as Ajedrez para Francisco Oller [Chess for Francisco Oller] (1983), Espacio-tiempo [Space-Time] (1983), and Nubestratos [Cloudstrata] (1985). Many of his works are inspired by his studies in the general fields of physics, astronomy, and science. Navia was a founding member of the abstract art group FRENTE [Front], together with other artists including Luis Hernández Cruz, Lope Max Díaz, Oscar Mestey, and Paul Camacho.

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