Ask anyone in Puerto Rico about our Old Masters and you might end up with the same Answers Jose Campeche, Ramon Frade and Francisco Oller but why Does everybody give us this same answers? Because they are 100% correct instead I have a problem with this, Their Dead… Now what if I told you that this statement has another side to the coin, What if i Told you That I seen Francsico Oller Work on the flesh on the hand of a Ponce Artist, which goes by the Name of William Maldonado, Would you believe me? Is a bold statement to say or even write it. But you be the judge by the next two picture.
Who is William Maldonado to me? I consider his work a fusion of Realism with a slight touch of impresionism. In his work we can see the perfect definition of Realism that to me is the term illusionistic for the accurate rendering of visual appearances with a little magic of the Impresionist movement. His work is sublte but very precise, detailed and accurate representation of appearance in the scenes and objects like depicted on the first Image of the blog, where we can see that all small details of the work are not avoided but instead Perfectly plasterd in the board. His Work are subject to interpretation for a more selective type of Collector, because time is the only element that can help in the creation of his masterwork and the average time of a small work is about 4 to 6 weeks to get that realistic look with great skill and care for all scenes on the board.
I know a great art historian called Osiris Delgado who once told me that if you ever want to see if an Artist has mayor talent just give them a blank piece of paper and a pencil and just wait and see what will be the final product. So I did that, I Acquired a Drawing from William and the result has phenomenal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My GOD the Compulsion to every detail is out of this world, even the dove in the drawing look so real that one may think you are being teleported to that exact location in time where this was drawned.
In my opinion Even though you think that you know the work of any painter really well, you never really know until you have there work it in your hands . You never really know the subject until you see it for the first time and have the oportunity to engage and concentrate on the work. That why after I bought a painting from him I realize that I just bought something special, so special that I really can say that I bought a work from the best Realistic/Impresionist painter in Puerto Rico from modern times called William Maldonado
Note: First Picture in the Blog is not my Property nor La Casona which is property of Miriam Denisse Martinez The rest of all the Maldonados Works in this blog are of my property
By Joey Medrano
A Brief Opinion by Osiris Delgado And Ricardo Alegria About His Work