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Puerto Rican writer Arcadio Díaz Quiñonez places Lorenzo Homar in the context of the cities of San Juan and New York, where the artist lived and produced his graphic work. He asserts that Homar’s career, like the images in his paintings and prints, is inextricably bound to those two cities. Díaz Quiñones relates a number of distinct moments in Homar’s life, as well as historical context, the political ideas that formed part of his thinking and ideology, and the individuals who most influenced him, including relatives, professors, and friends. The author also discusses the communities and artists’ studios with which Homar belongs, and to which he eventually passed his knowledge on to the next generation of Puerto Rican poster makers. Díaz Quiñones emphasizes two important characteristics of Homar’s work: his passion for typography—which Díaz Quiñonez calls “the architecture of the word”—and the mordant criticism that he conveyed in his caricatures.
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.