Inspiring is the work, the word simplicity is the only word that candescribes it. Myrna Baez has created very impressive work-through out her career, yet this painting is simply one of the best and if not the best work of her career.
Analyzing this work we encounter a woman at a distance watching an empty valley, the presence of the warm pigment is very subjective of her work. We discover that this work can be interpreted as a self portrait of Myrna Baez into the past of her life. The central figure clearly shows an elderly woman facing the factor that can never be defeat… Time. As evidence the main character selects a lateral position with a support center in the hips, clearly explaining the deterioration of the human body through time. It is amazing how this artist has the talent to manipulate colors of light in such a subtle way.
The end product is a simulation of a haze with a brief but accurate image distortion throughout its entirety. This is a trademark that can be seen in her career as an artist, but the way Myrna Baez completed the work with only one person watching the passage of time is something masterful and unique.Works like this are the main reason of why the Argentinean Art Critic, Marta Traba decide to write this statement in the controversial book titled Polemic Proposal of the Art in Puerto Rico, which describes Báez as “the most qualified person that I know in the visual arts in Puerto Rico.”
By Joey Medrano
“I do not want to do landscapes for tourists nor make pictures of the sentimental, nostalgic or folkloric things that people in this country suffer from due to a lack of identity. I am using landscape because I am interested in the form, because I’m interested in color, because I’m interested in the place… I’m interested in expressing: light–that which surrounds us, the shapes that have formed me, that has made me and that move me.”MYRNA BAEZ
Julio Rosado del Valle was a multifaceted artist, with a centralized Abstract Expressionist movement style. The diversity of his career was huge with a global topics such as windows, transportation “BIKES” self-portraits, nudes, family members and colorful animals. This script is fully dedicated to some rare works of animal paintings all found in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
Julio Rosado del Valle paintings have become rare and expensive, examples like this are impossible to see on sale because since his death, collectors have been devoted to the purchase of this type of works. It is beautiful to see examples of good works like the one selected here, it gives you an idea as how Don Julio analyzed, studied and painted different animals with an accurate brushstroke but still managing to maintaing the abstract composition of such animals
The painting “Jirafa” is a great work, however the orange color helps the yellow center composition of the animal, this work is executed in acrylic paint with a palette knife. The anatomy of the Giraffe is poorly executed but we must understand that the artist just wanted to show the viewer only a plain suggestion of the animal located in front of them. That what make this complete serie a true abstract masterpieces.
Children tend to be the best interpreters of abstract art, the mind of a child is full of imagination and creativity, a child is capable to explain this complete collection of animals with only seeing it once. It’s curious that this type of work simple, colorful and elementary were the last periods of Julio Rosado, much like the crayon works by Pablo Picasso created near the end of his life. All the above work are extremely simple, but the chaos in the brush stroke has an order and organization to the line. Is precisely made to project the animal being created. Often this type of art are the most feared and complex for any artist of high caliber, we must remember the artist must segregate everything learned throughout the years and prepare the brain to run an art that is lost due to advance studies and age. In other words regain the innocence and passion that every child experience when encountering paint and paper for the first time.
By Joey Medrano
Note: All Photo and Paintings Are Property of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
Who is Jose Ruiz? a true minimalist artist, his work is limited for sale at the open market, still every good collection in Puerto Rico should have a work of this talented artist. We can say that his work is a photo into Puerto Rico past, where we can see how were the traditions and customs of Puerto Rico back 30 to 40 years ago.
A big mistake is to consider that his work is of little talent and technique. Taking this work of 1992 we can see how the painter had the talent to project an joyful aura countrymen and passive vibes, with a humility that was always present in our people. It’s amazing how he manages to capture the movement of the women as she tend clothes in the open air. Her sensuality is not pass unnoticed as she calls the attention of the man in the window. The flight of the hens is naturally superb, that hunter look projected by the black cat is to die for, and the quiet hammock attached to the house and the tree is almost an iconic reminder of our childhood.
The colors selected by Ruiz are quite basic and of little beauty but nevertheless are very well selected, since the main point of this work was not beauty but instead was to force the viewer to remember without any abstract alteration Puerto Rico 40 years ago.
The work of Ruiz is relatively accessible in price now a days, but finding one for sale is something else. At auction a small to medium size work may be fluctuating between $250-500 dollars. Everything depends on the year, size, and condition of the work and most important being the subject. A good recommendation is to try to get a piece of “constumbrismo” theme because this artist is mostly known for this kind of topic. The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in San Juan has a very good example as part of there permanent collection for the public.
Painter. Studied drawing, watercolor, caricature and printmaking at the Industrial Arts School in New York City. Back to the island, he created his paintings with furniture enamels on cardboard and sold them to tourists near the Caribe Hilton and Normandie Hotels, managing to create more than 900 works. He is one of the representatives of Naive and popular painting in Puerto Rico. Since the 1960’s he has made a consistent body of work. His paintings are characterized by the spontaneity with which the artist brings to canvas everyday scenes of life in Puerto Rico and in places like amusement fairs, plazas, beaches and markets.
Marta Traba Monotype Lithograph Is a very special piece for my collection. The serie called “Personaje” started in 1971 which for most collector is the most sought after works by Rodon and without doubt the most expensive serie with prices rumored to pass a Million dollars for the Luis Munoz Marin Portrait. This lithograph was produce in 1996 and was stored for almost 14 years until one day in 2009 Francisco took this Rare Lithograph 1/1 and Modified it making this a Hand Embellished piece. The work was entirely redone in Oil paint. Only a few lithograph where created with number reaching less than 5 example and only 1 version painted.
Not many people know this information but the best work in Rodon case was consider a project called “Personajes” which started in 1971 and Needless to say his First painting wasn’t Luis Munoz Marin, It was Marta Traba a 73 by 50 canvas painting started in 1971 and finished in 1972, Its remarkable to think that he selected her for his first painting on the Personajes Serie. Its sad to say that the the First painting of his greatest series isn’t in a Puerto Rico Collection or in a Puerto Rican Museum instead is Located in Cali, Colombia at the ” Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia,
Campeche painted Doña María de los Dolores Gutiérrez del Mazo y Pérez in the island’s capital of San Juan about 1796 to commemorate Doña María’s marriage to Don Benito Pérez, a lieutenant in the Spanish royal navy. The painting, which has never been published or publicly exhibited, remained with the sitter’s descendants until 2012, when it was officially accessioned by the Museum’s Board of Trustees on October 18. The work was acquired with funds from the proceeds of the sale of Vasily Vereshchagin’s Crucifixion by the Romans (1887), which was sold last November at auction to benefit the Brooklyn Museum’s Acquisitions Fund.
Doña María de los Dolores was born in 1775 in Alicante, Spain. At age fifteen she sailed from Cadiz to San Juan with her mother and stepfather, a newly appointed sergeant major in the Puerto Rican division of the Spanish navy. At age twenty-one, she sat for Campeche, the island’s first major painter, who portrayed her at home wearing a white muslin chemise dress–then the height of European fashion–and matching diamond earrings and necklace. In her left hand Doña María holds a copy of the popular Spanish play, Manuel Bellosartes’s La fuerza del amor conyugal, and with her right she gestures toward two folded letters that identify her and her husband, who at the time was stationed in the Puerto Rican port city of Ponce. Two years later, at age twenty-three, Doña María would die while giving birth to the couple’s only child, a daughter.
Throughout the colonial era, Spaniards like Doña María and Don Benito crossed the Atlantic in search of fabled fortunes in the New World. In the late eighteenth century, Puerto Rico’s elite turned to Campeche, the island’s official religious and portrait painter, to articulate their newfound wealth and status in images for display in private interiors and family chapels. Unlike his sitters, Campeche was of both African and European descent. His father was an enslaved African who purchased his freedom with earnings from work done as an artisan and his mother was a white Spaniard from the Canary Islands.
If you take the time to study the art career of John Balossi you will see that he had a big love for horses. He made sculptures, watercolors, serigraph and painting all based on them. This small red 12 x 16 painting is from 2005, acrylic over wood panel and is a very good example of a work by him. He dedicated a long part of his career in mastering this simple but beautiful style, needless to say any good collector can vouch that, if ever investing in a John Balossi painting this is the style to buy.
There are many watercolors in the market and hundreds of silkscreens for sale, yet works in Canvas and Wood Panel are extremely hard to find for sale at the open market and even harder with a solid provenance. You can not rule out that there are many false works on the market, and this tend to happen with premium artist who develop international respect.
The red background make a special effect on the center composition of the white horse. It has all of the typical element found in the majority of his work, the horse. The work is done at a fast speed, complexity is near zero in this painting but the selection of colors that Balossi therefore selected in this 2005 painting was EXCELLENT. The red background with yellow and black overlaid with the center white horse, amplifies and doubles the intensity of the composition in this case is the woman rider on her horse.
This work is of a small size but is of such high quality that has nothing to envy to any work of greater size in any museum in Puerto Rico, so we must understand that quality is always a factor greater than size and such examples should not be pass when offered for sale
Works with solid provenance can still be purchased directly from the Balossi family, or in galleries like the one at the Museo de Arte in San Juan Puerto Rico.
By Joey Medrano
Didn’t matter where I lived… I don’t know why most wide-ranging things interest me… I’m not interested in things from here or there… But things from the universe… like clouds, mountains, oceans, stars, but certainly not things or specific objects from everyday life… I gravitate towards the cataclysmic theme… John Balossi, 1972