Topic Descriptor: Puerto Rican×
  • ¿Dónde está Rosado del Valle?
    Traba, Marta
    Argentine critic Marta Traba considers Puerto Rican artist Julio Rosado del Valle a key figure in Puerto Rican art because he was among those who paved the way for innovative approaches and experimentation in painting. She asserts that in the work of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825155

  • "Casas/Houses"
    Torruella Leval, Susana
    On the occasion of the exhibition La casa de todos nosotros: Antonio Martorell y sus amigos [A House for Us All: Antonio Martorell and Friends] held at El Museo del Barrio in 1992, Puerto Rican curator Susana Torruella Leval analyzes Antonio [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 866589

  • "Oh Colo how you perform contradiction? let we count the ways" : Martha Wilson in conversation with Papo Colo
    Wilson, Martha, 1947-; Colo, Papo
    In this conversation between Nuyorican artist Papo Colo, and feminist performance artist Martha Wilson, Colo describes his performances from 1976 to 1986 in chronological order. The conversation with her provides succinct descriptions of the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 849850

  • "Serie de Cafe" Nitza Tufiño : "A Rafael Tufiño"
    Torruella Leval, Susana
    This essay, written by curator Susana Torruella Leval, provides a biographical overview of the careers of mural artist, Nitza Tufiño, and her father, Rafael Tufiño—a renowned Puerto Rican painter and printmaker. Leval describes the relationship [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 849746

  • [Arte es un estilo de vida...]
    De Romero, Ralph
    In this set of four brief poems, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, expresses his thoughts about painting and art. Some of the themes he addresses in his poems are related to defining art and its elements, and he also reveals [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 862843

  • [Artist Bibiana Suaréz's written statements for show "The Puerto Rican Equation" 1997]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    This document contains Bibiana Suaréz's responses to four of the eighteen questions posed to artists by the organizers of The Puerto Rican Equation, an exhibition marking the occasion of the 1898 invasion of Puerto Rico by the United States. Suarez [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 867536

  • [Artist's Statement by Bibiana Suárez re: Identity and Exile]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this artist statement, Bibiana Suarez discusses how her work reflects her search for self-identification and the problems of living between two cultures—that of Puerto Rico and the United States—as a self-imposed exile. Suarez also describes [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1064462

  • [Artist's Statement for Proposed Exhibition, 'In Search of an Island', April 1991]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this artist statement for the exhibition In Search of an Island (1991), Bibiana Suarez discusses how her work reflects her search for self-identification and the problems of living between two cultures—that of Puerto Rico and the United States [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1064446

  • [Aunque en estas breves cuartillas no me extenderé demasiado en el aspecto histórico de la Pintura en Puerto Rico...]
    Homar, Lorenzo
    Lorenzo Homar begins these brief notes on Puerto Rican art and artists by discussing painter Francisco Oller. He goes on to state that art should be at the service of society and that artists should not be concerned with imitating avant-gardes who [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861750

  • [Born in Puerto Rico, living there the first nine years of his life...]
    Ortiz, Rafael Montanez
    Rafael Montañez Ortiz describes the assemblages of Marcos Dimas as an extension of the artist’s childhood experience of digging up bits of Taíno artifacts in the fields of Puerto Rico. Ortiz proposes that Dimas’s works are the result of his [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802904

  • [Chicago Latino]
    Sorell, V. A. (Victor A.)
    This exhibition catalog, Chicago Latino, was part of an intercultural dialogue initiated by two “socially-minded arts groups,” the 369 Gallery of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Near Northwest Arts Council of Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1056360

  • [Comentarios sobre el arte]
    Escobar, Elizam, 1948-
    This text consists of comments by Puerto Rican artist Elizam Escobar, regarding the various concepts and functions of art. In the quotations alongside or below the illustrations of his paintings, Escobar talks about what it means to be Puerto Rican. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1053342

  • [Con motivo de la Tercera Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano...]
    Fernández Méndez, Eugenio; Cárdenas Ruiz, Manuel
    This timeline tracks the life of Puerto Rican artist Rafael Tufiño, who lived in New York and in Mexico City. Puerto Rican intellectuals Manuel Cárdenas Ruiz and Eugenio Fernández Méndez review the graphic work produced by Tufiño between the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 857777

  • [Depression limitates the creative activity...]
    De Romero, Ralph
    This is a quote from Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, which is accompanied by a pen and ink drawing: “Depression limitates [sic] the creative activity, deteriorates the involvement and mutilates the concept.” Written in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863157

  • [He tenido la oportunidad de observar la colección de obras permanentes del Museo del Barrio]
    Colón Morales, Rafael, 1941-
    Artist Rafael Colon Morales criticizes the selections for the exhibition of recent acquisitions of El Museo del Barrio for lacking consistent coherent criteria. He observes that there are few high-quality works on display, and therefore he does not [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842272

  • [I have always been an artist true to my calling]
    De Romero, Ralph
    In this short poem, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, explains why he has always been an artist, never paying any attention to other people’s opinion [of him]. In the poem, de Romero explains that his dedication is documented [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 850581

  • [In 1969 I exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum's contemporary Puerto Rican Artist Exhibit...]
    Dimas, Marcos
    In this short essay, Marcos Dimas discusses his participation in a 1969 group show of Puerto Rican artists at the Brooklyn Museum, where he displayed two paintings, and his first assemblage. He notes that he met the future cofounders of the Puerto [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802934

  • [In Protuario histórico de Puerto Rico (Historica Compendium of Puerto Rico)...]
    Pérez, Enoc, 1967-
    In this essay published in the 1992 exhibition catalog of Remerica! Amerika, Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez discusses the effects of United States colonialism in the development of art in Puerto Rico. He observes that Puerto Rican artists have [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 799179

  • [Información relacionada con reunión del MPI, en la Misión José Cedeño, Caparra Terrace. 17 de noviembre de 1965]
    Meléndez, José
    [This document provides] confidential information written by José Meléndez, a police sergeant with the Puerto Rican Intelligence Office, naming those who had attended a meeting chaired by Juan Mari Bras, the president of the Movimiento Pro [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 864044

  • [Lecture, DePaul University, Chicago ]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this lecture, the artist Bibiana Suarez recounts how a student's question prompted her to consider her own reasons for producing art; including the motivation of greed, which, although ostensibly negative, she considers as a motivator. Suarez [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 867458

  • [Lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this lecture given in April 1989 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago-based, Puerto Rican artist Bibiana Suarez states that the value of art is dependent on its power to reveal the artist’s innermost world, and to preserve that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 867517

  • [Letter, s.l.] 1977 Marzo 16 [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Tufiño, Nitza
    In this letter, Nitza Tufiño, the Mexican born Puerto Rican artist, and daughter of the printmaker Rafael Tufiño, tells Lorenzo Homar that the capitalist system gives artists exhibitions, biennials, and museum shows in exchange for their silence. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863556

  • [Letter] [n.d.], New York [to] El Museo del Barrio
    Taller Boricua (New York, USA)
    In this typewritten open letter, the artist collective Taller Boricua [Puerto Rican Workshop], criticizes El Museo del Barrio for excluding the work of several New York-based Puerto Rican artists from an unnamed exhibition of Puerto Rican art jointly [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 841209

  • [Letter] 1959 December 5, México, D.F. [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Beltrán, Alberto
    Mexican artist Alberto Beltrán informs Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar that a number of people have shown interest in exhibiting works by Puerto Rican artists outside of Mexico. He also mentions an exhibition of Soviet art that has had a major [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861865

  • [Letter] 1962 March 22, México D.F [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Beltrán, Alberto
    In this letter to Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar, Mexican artist Alberto Beltrán comments on the new issue of the publication, El coyote emplumado[The Plumed Coyote], which will cover topics relating to the campaign being waged by right-wing [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825623

  • [Letter] 1968 Abril 12, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Torres Martinó, José Antonio, 1916 - 2011
    The Puerto Rican artist and critic José A. Torres Martinó writes to Lorenzo Homar to tell him that he will try to raise the necessary fundsto meet him in Europe. Torres Martinó then continues bringing Homar up to date on what their colleagues [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863594

  • [Letter] 1968 December 23, San Juan, Puerto Rico [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Márquez, Juan Luis
    The president of the Puerto Rican company United Promoters and Advertisers, Juan Luis Márquez, sends Lorenzo Homar the article he wrote for El Mundo newspaper, “Entre Mayas y Cundeamores” [Between Mayas and Bitter Melons], in which Márquez [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863766

  • [Letter] 1968 Enero 30, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Torres Martinó, José Antonio, 1916 - 2011
    The Puerto Rican artist and critic José A. Torres Martinó writes to Lorenzo Homar to describe the technique that was used to remove the tiles of the mural installed in the pool area of El Escambrón (the project was undertaken in 1966), and how [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863575

  • [Letter] 1970 May 15, México D.F [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Beltrán, Alberto
    In this letter, Mexican artist Albero Beltrán (1923–2002) informs Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar that the course in poster design that Polish designer Wiktor Gorka was offering at the Academia de San Carlos (Mexico City) would continue until [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825593

  • [Letter] 1972 August 19, n.l. [to] Pedro Alcántara
    Homar, Lorenzo
    Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar apologizes for being so late with his preparations for the poster exhibition in Cali, Colombia. He comments that his work was not well received by the critics and he has doubts about himself when he finds out that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861476

  • [Letter] 1972 Julio 13, Miramar, Puerto Rico [to] Pedro [Alcántara]
    Homar, Lorenzo
    In this letter to Colombian artist Pedro Alcántara, Puerto Rican printmaker Lorenzo Homar explains the materials that are necessary to print silkscreens in Colombia. He explains what the dryer should be like, which thinner should be purchased, and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825488

  • [Letter] 1972, Miramar, Puerto Rico [to] Mariano Rodríguez
    Homar, Lorenzo
    Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar thanks Mariano Rodriguez (1912–1990), vice director of the Casa de las Américas, for inviting him to serve as the coordinator for an adjunct group of that organization in Puerto Rico. However, Homar turns down the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 849978

  • [Letter] 1973 Enero 23 [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Alcántara, Pedro, 1942-; Alcántara Quijano Montero, Pedro, 1877-1953
    Colombian artist Pedro Alcántara thanks Lorenzo Homar for the photographs, letters, and silkscreen he sent him. Alcántara asks him to buy some printing materials he will need to create a portfolio of four works for the Communist Party. The party [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861419

  • [Letter] 1973 Marzo 6, Miramar, Puerto Rico [to] Ricardo Alegría
    Homar, Lorenzo
    Puerto Rican artist Lorenzo Homar tells Ricardo Alegría, director of the Instituto Puertorriqueña [Institute of Puerto Rican Culture], what happened to Homar’s portfolio, Tres estrofas de amor para soprano [Three Stanzas of Love for Soprano], [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861400

  • [Letter] 1974 Enero 20, Miramar, Puerto Rico [to] the editor The San Juan Star
    Homar, Lorenzo
    In response to an article that appeared in the art section of The San Juan Star newspaper, Lorenzo Homar explains that there will not be a “counter Biennial” at the Tercera Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano [Third San Juan Biennial [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863670

  • [Letter] 1974 May 29, New York [to] Board of Directors of El Museo del Barrio
    Colectiva de Artistas Puertorriqueños
    The group—calling itself the Colectiva de Artistas Puertorriqueños—articulates the concern that the policies of El Museo del Barrio marginalize the production of Puerto Rican artists in New York in favor of promoting well-established artists [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 803050

  • [Letter] 1974 September 27, Montevideo [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Rovira, Quela, 1917-2014
    Quela Rovira, an Uruguayan artist, informs Lorenzo Homar about the shipping of the posters that had been exhibited. She sends her regrets about the events that occurred in Uruguay just after the exhibition, since they worsened the sale prospects for [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861234

  • [Letter] 1975 January 24, La Plata, Argentina [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Vigo, Edgardo Antonio
    The Argentine conceptual artist and theoretician Edgardo Antonio Vigo writes to thank Lorenzo Homar for his donation of his own prints and others by some of his Puerto Rican colleagues to the Museo de la Xilografía [Woodcut Museum] in La Plata ( [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863518

  • [Letter] 1976 April 20, San Juan, Puerto Rico [to] Luis Manuel Rodríguez Morales, Director Ejecutivo del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
    Alcántara, Pedro, 1942-; Jaramillo, María de la Paz, 1948-; Zalamea, Gustavo, 1951-; Rendón, Augusto, 1933-; León, Phanor
    In this letter to Luis Manuel Rodríguez Morales, executive director of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP), Colombian artists María de la Paz Jaramillo, Pedro Alcántara, Phanor León, Gustavo Zalamea, and Augusto Rendón condition their [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825533

  • [Letter] 1976 May 10, San Juan, Puerto Rico [to] Director de El Nuevo Día
    Homar, Lorenzo
    Lorenzo Homar states that Puerto Rican artists were never informed that the IV Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano [IV Latin American Print Biennial, San Juan] would be financed with funds from the American Revolution Bicentennial [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 861769

  • [Letter] s.d., s.l. [to] Lorenzo Homar
    Camacho, Paul, 1929-1989
    The Puerto Rican artist Paul Camacho writes to Lorenzo Homar about his disagreement with a critique of his work that appeared in Frente. Camacho tells Homar that he expressed his disapproval but was outvoted and the Editorial Board of Frente decided [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863979

  • [Mi trabajo demuestra...]
    De Romero, Ralph
    In these short lines, written in 1981, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, speaks of the polarities through which his work fluctuates as it unfolds [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 862900

  • [My paintings cannot...]
    De Romero, Ralph
    In these short verses, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, starts out talking about what paintings seek to achieve. He goes on to state what he believes should be included in paintings [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 862881

  • [Personal statement, Art Institute of Chicago’s Betty Rymer Gallery]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this text, artist Bibiana Suarez’s makes a personal statement about her experience as a self-imposed Puerto Rican exile in Chicago, her negotiations of living “on the edge of two cultures,” and her artistic exploration of feelings of loss, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782119

  • [Sometimes he has two heads, many masks, four eyes, or fish for genitals...]
    Lippard, Lucy
    Renowned art critic Lucy Lippard compares Papo Colo’s artistry to an island like his native Puerto Rico that is also striving for independence. Trying to relate Colo’s painting style to what had become the shadow term of “expressionism,” she [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 849831

  • [Talk given by Bibiana Suaréz for panel, "Object, Image and Illusion" at the Women's Caucus for Arts 1992 Conference]
    Suaréz, Bibiana, 1960-
    In this panel presentation at the 1992 Women's Caucus for Arts, artist Bibiana Suarez spoke about how her images reflect her reality as a Puerto Rican living in the United States who feels caught between two cultures and who insistently searches for [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 867477

  • [Tanto los pronósticos entonces inciertos,...]
    Marrozini, Luigi
    In this introduction to an exhibition of prints held to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Galería Colibrí, Italian art dealer Luigi Marrozzini thanks the Puerto Rican public for the reception his gallery has received. He [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863271

  • [The Museo del Barrio has been in existence for over eight years...]
    Soto Sánchez, Jorge
    In this brief statement, Nuyorican artist Jorge Soto provides an historical overview of El Museo del Barrio. The author contends that the institution emphasized the educational value of Puerto Rican culture, but did not attend to the needs of Puerto [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842291

  • [The work selected for this exhibition traces the last years...]
    Peña, Gladys
    In her brief introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Children of Darkness: Rafael Colón Morales, curator Gladys Peña asserts that Colón Morales broke away from the traditional painting of Puerto Rico by experimenting with both surrealist and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 842215

  • [This exhibition at El Museo del Barrio celebrates a public work by a Puerto Rican artist...]
    Torruella Leval, Susana
    The essay provides a biographical overview of the career of mural artist Nitza Tufiño, the daughter of Puerto Rican printmaker Rafael Tufiño. In it, curator Susana Torruella Leval describes Nitza Tufiño’s process of creating a ceramic tile mural [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802505