Angel Botello

Angel Botello is by far one of the most international renounced artist from Puerto Rico and yes I mean Puerto Rico which was his home place from 1953 until his death in 1986. He wanted to be consider as a Native from Puerto Rico, since he won the heart and respect of the PuertoRican art community and was widely accepted as part of one of us. Botello was a complete artist and needless to say he also had great diversity as an artist producing linocut, paintings, serigraph, lithography, sculpture even jewelry in his trajectory as an artist.


Botello’s work is in simple words BEAUTIFUL, he paid little attention to the classical perspective of what a painting should look like, instead he integrated into his work the essence of the objects with pure bold color separated by heavy but colorful outlines which gave them a very modern style. He’s cartoon like faces are by far his most iconic trademark work always followed by a gentle 360 circle to the lateral aspect of the face like this example.

Details of Face

Botello was consider a master in his field, but only when an artist has the diversity of mastering different technique lets say linocut printing or lithograph prints and a superb quality is still being deliver you really know something special is happening. His lithograph where beautiful but his linocut where jaw dropping. His Linocut are really hard to find in the open market with prices varying from $2,000 USD up to $8,000 USD but again the quality of this work are top notch and in some cases as good as an original painting.


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La Gitana Morena by Felix Bonilla Painting of the Month

This Month… Felix Bonila Gerena’s Painting called “Gitana Morena” a 36 by 48 Acrylic on Canvas is without doubt this month painting of the month. This Incredible painting has an aggressive thick brush stroke where is strategically placed with high bold colors into the canvas. The painting is merged with images of palms tree, flowers, super imposed by a dark breasts woman, enlarged blasted extremities that reveal a woman that most spectators would widely held as a sexual painting


To this date Felix Bonilla continue to pursue the immortalization of the naked women. Is like a never ending quest to perfect what is to me his trademark painting, his best work are with out doubt the female body, and every collection can not be finished without a Felix Bonilla signature piece. This colosal painting has great color selection applied to it, every color is so well balanced that blend perfectly into space. The blue lines jumps at the spectator as an electrical blue snap into the night, the platinum color blurred into the top make such a juxtaposed impression to the cadmium red that even adds a mystical glaze to it, and if you want to experience a texture frenzy, this is definitely the painting you want to see.

Felix Bonilla Gerena Details of Texture

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Great Overview of Angel Botello Linocuts

A linocut is a type of block print which is by using linoleum as the relief surface. Linocuts can have a striking level of depth and detail, especially when produced by skilled artists, and a number of artists work in this medium. Linocuts are very easy to make, which makes them appealing to some artists. Notice a Linocut are the most similar process to an original painting here are a couple of great example by Angel Botello


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Through The Eyes Of Geometrical Abstract Painter Abdias Mendez Robles

Can art and math go in the same parallel vector in real life? Can math bring a perfect balance homeostasis between both abstract art and a mathematical geometrical Composition? Well in some cases the answer is Yes. Abdias Mendez has definitely proven this statement true.  A great example is the picture below where we can see this rare but beautiful compositional painting. Not being familiar to this particular art movement I would love to design one for this Review…Geometrical Abstraction

LIGHT, ATMOSPHERE and DEPTH is what I can see in this perfectly arranged geometrical meshwork. I used this word Mesh because is so beautifully designed that the spectator can clearly see the delicate color transitions of the primary brush stroke through the canvas surface. After evaluating his painting I came to the conclusion that the concepts of monochrome paintings is part of his trademark work and that most of them achieve a well balance and contrast relationship between the main composition and background of the painting. 

“Espirar de un rectángulo en violeta” Oil/Canvas

Now If you asked me which painting is my favorite without doubt is “Espirar de un rectángulo en violeta” the way the border are purely restricted to the abstract elements and characterized by the broad vertical and diagonal bands that blend perfectly with the concentric circles applied to multiple violet area is something mystical to the painting. Even the segmented circle, bisected into other interior circle and then dividing it into a spectrum of lightly painted colours is such a cliche touch that make the painting stand out even more.  Reminds me of the genius work of Noemi Ruiz.

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Noemi Ruiz Painting

After Reviewing his work for the first time His paintings avoid representation, but slowly shows a steady progression away from objects and external reference to a more geometrical composition. His work to me progressed from compositions of geometrical shapes to the vast world of abstract world either way is a fresh new world that has not been experimented by much Puerto Rican and Abdias Mendez make a great job representing our island with this type of rare but beautiful compositional art. Continue reading Through The Eyes Of Geometrical Abstract Painter Abdias Mendez Robles

Arnaldo Roche In Action

Here is the process for the blue period painting of Arnaldo Roche We can observe a monochrome midnight blue, and the element of the painting seem to be drawn or scratched into the paper. We see that he rubs his paintings with the Item selected for the theme. The curious thing of his work is that you can see and even touch the surface and depth of all the texture that Roche applies to the painting a quality very very Rare in modern art.



By Joey Medrano

Celestino Ortiz The Diverse Expressionist Painter

Puerto Rican art… Every time I think I have seen all the new talents that Puerto Rico has to offer, comes a new artist and rock my mind with its incredible talent. This time is called Celestino a expressionist abstract painter from San Juan. His style is a diverse one, from a symmetrical rectangular blocks of one, two or three opposing or contrasting, yet complementary colors, to a Rothko style painting, Diversity is the correct word to describe him as an artist.

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Campo de Energía #4 Acrylic over Linen 48 by 60

This Painting “Campo de Energia” exceed the boundaries of Simplicity, it creates a dense mixture of overlapping colors and shapes luminosity and radiance that exists within the fields of  his perfectly selected color. Elements, such as color, shape, balance, depth, are clearly seen in both of this painting.

Campo de Energia # 5 – 48 x 60

Now I used a Word that I used in the beginning of this review Diversity… This Artist has a talent of picking out every element in isolation and detail and arranging them in deliberate composition like for example the next painting which to me has a compositional device common in cubist compositions leaving the abstract expressionist movement on a stand by, The curious aspect is that this are two different art movement and he still manage to make a great compositional of both discipline. I have always enjoy a canvas with a colorful surface and this one by far is a great art work.

The Maze ( El Laberinto ) – 60 x 36

The background is rendered in flat or patterned in simple areas, highlighting the separation of figure and color. The effects of the juxtaposition of colors with each other maks the painting below a simple but beautiful art work. Simplicity is often the key element in making a great painting and lost of artist tend to forget this. This freely brushed touches of color, make the figures in this painting softly fuse with one another and their surroundings. Continue reading Celestino Ortiz The Diverse Expressionist Painter