Francisco Rodon Watercolor Painting 1959


In 1959 Francisco Rodon finished his first and only watercolor. To date, only one example is known to exist titled “ANA”. The work shows the silhouette of a young woman, with a subtle application of several sparkles in oil. Executed on watercolor paper on masonite.  The curious thing about the painting is the depth that Rodon gets to obtain when applying a type of sfumato where it distorts the plane but does not affect the anatomical details of the face.

“ANA” By Francisco Rodon 22″ x 30″ Year: 1959


I find it relatively curious how this work was for many years in the custody of Francisco Rodon until 2017. To date, this is the oldest work that I have been able to analyze by the hand of the artist. It shows an era where the artist was not afraid to experiment with other mediums. Francisco told me in his studio located in San Juan that watercolors is a medium that he never liked to work due to the complex technique, saying that the application and execution must be spontaneous and precise the first time or else the work is ruined in a matter of minutes.



The work is signed on the lower right edge in pencil # 3. On the lower left edge reads unique watercolor “Acuarela Unica”. I like seeing works like these, as they demonstrate different facets of the artist. To this day I found several different media such as wood engraving, drawings, pastels, oil painting, serigraphs, lithographs and finally a single watercolor.


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Joey Medrano MD



Luis Hernandez Cruz “Superficie#2” 1965


You be amazed at what you find in the state. Found this in a small thrift store in Washington. Luis Hernandez Cruz 1965, the painting that was on the Front Page for the “San Juan Review” 1966, plus mention on Marta Trabas Book “Propuesta Polemica, Sobre Arte Puertorriqueña” Page 12.


The signature looks extremely different to the one from 1970 to the present one.   Signature from this period are simple, crisp and easily readable in comparison.


The provenance of this painting is unmatched. San Juan Review used it on their magazine cover in 1966, Marta Traba also wrote about Luis Hernandez Cruz using the magazine edition of March as a reference.  17800225_1266851903411459_3415523496678993674_n.jpg



I’m a firm believer that research is key when constructing a respectable collection, and site like Ebay, Clasificados Online, Craiglist are an excellent source to buy rare pieces. I can only imagine how an important piece like this ended up in a thrift shop. Maybe the former owners passed away and it was left as an inheritance to a family that didn’t realize what was the true value of such painting.

A decent size painting by Luis Hernandez Cruz painting today can cost you between $12,000 dollars up to $25,000 dollars.  I bought this work of art for only $800 dollars in 2017.

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Joey Medrano MD