Augusto Marin “Colosso”

Every artist throughout his career has certain works or period that indisputably are considered his best. In the case of Augusto Marin is the famous “Colosso” where a good work of great size can be around $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 dollars. Here I present the Pied Piper from 1960. It is a small format drawing with a measure of 5 inches by 8 inches and a recent 2016 valuation of $3,000 dollars in the secondary market. We mention this information since the drawing is of such small format and still has the potential to reach values so expensive because of the scarce series.

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Works of the “Colosso” can be found mostly in the most prestigious collections in Puerto Rico or on the top museums around the island.  Rare? Yes since collectors never tend to sell works of this specific era making them increasingly difficult to find on the market. Mostly the technique of this series is a range of multiple loose lines suggesting characters of great muscular build but with a complicated finesse while integrating a cubist sparkles into the composition.

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If a collector is considering investing in a work by Marin, purchase suggestion, study this period in a museum or any public virtual libraries, since in our opinion this is  one of those works where the viewer will enjoy the work on a daily basis once purchased, but careful for those counterfeit works of art, they are out there!!! You can find the link below very helpful on your quest —–> http://www.faampr.org or contact Lizzy Marin for more wisdom!!!

Thanks for reading!!!!

Joey Medrano MD

Biography Details by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

Painter, draftsman, print maker, muralist, sculptor, stained-glass artist, and teacher. At the age of twelve, Marín began studying drawing under Spaniard Alejandro Sánchez Felipe at Sánchez Felipe’s studio in San Juan. In 1949, Marín moved to New York and studied at the Art Students League. At the Otis Art Institute in California he studied mural design, and at Arnaldo Maas’s studio in San Juan and Henri Mesterom’s studio in Holland he studied stained-glass techniques. He has worked as advertising art director and has taught at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico and at the University of Puerto Rico. He has created a dozen murals for public and private buildings in the San Juan area, and his works are part of important collections in Puerto Rico and abroad. In 2005 he earned the National Culture Award from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The human figure, often in groups, is a central motif in his work, and Marín’s relationship to this figure has evolved over the course of his career; the horse is also a recurring motif. One of his favored subjects is island politics. Marín’s style has gone through several phases, from Abstraction to Figuration, and through points between, and is distinguished by its sculptural qualities.

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