For many art historians and collector, the decade of the 50s was considered the golden age in Puerto Rican Art. No other decade in Puerto Rican art history has been able to reproduce the caliber of artists like we saw in that decade. For example: Myrna Báez, Francisco Rodón, Rafael Tufiño, and Augusto Marín, among others.
Francisco Rodón worked in the portrait territory, Lorenzo Homar had the title for Master Painter, and Julio Rosado was considered the father of the abstract movement in Puerto Rico, and I need to say it: what a TALENT he had for it!!! The kind of talent that will be very, but very hard to surpass by other artist in the future. Julio was a key figure in Puerto Rican art because he was among those who paved the way for innovative approaches and experimentation in painting. I consider him something special because, at that moment in time, Puerto Rico was being observed and evaluated by art critic and writer Marta Traba. She expressed within her writings that almost every artist in Puerto Rico, with the exception of few, was working in the same theme, which at the moment was “Costumbrismo”, over and over again; while others were doing what she called “the easy way out”, meaning they were imitating American art. Julio Rosado Del Valle was clearly an exception to this critic. On her book “Propuesta polémica sobre arte puertorriqueño”, she wrote that Rosado Del Valle was, perhaps, the only Puerto Rican painter of continental stature in Puerto Rico.
Now, let me show you an example of Julio Rosado’s work for 1959. You will see a glass cup in a simple black pattern of oil.
In my opinion, the composition of his work was superb, making a great integration of different colors in the pattern with black bold lines and simple elements of figurative abstract reasoning, while maintaining a modern abstract / “nice to the eye decorative pattern” LOL. I noticed that, as time went by, Julio Rosado’s technique didn’t change much, but his work started to look more colorful than his earlier work, where black was the predominant color.
Taking about good Art is one thing, talking about a good artist is another Thing, But when you talk about a legend in the world of art you can only talk about one artist. FRANCISCO RODON. I know that if you visit any museum in Puerto Rico there is a high probability that you will find his work. The 18th Century belonged to Jose Campeche, while the 19th century belonged to Francisco Oller, and with out any question the 20th century was Francisco Rodon.
Marta Traba wrote intensively about Puerto Rican Art, most of it where negative feedback about lots of artist and their works but when She decide to talk about Francisco Rodon Work she only wrote a couple words that read “The Man Who Paints”, since that point on it was obvious that he had her blessing.
Diversity is a good word to use in Rodon case, he’s works include flower, bodegones, murals and most famous for his Portrait. For me I consider him a Realist Painter with great control of light and color, but again I will write COLOR… Why? Just let me give you a small Example and you again be the judge.
Simply Mind blowing.
I Still Remember the time I saw this Painting for the first time, so you can Imagine If it had a huge impact over me. I was in a “AHHHHH” Moment, That was the exact moment when I really understood what is art all about. Which is Finding that Moment in time and space that gives you like a Spank in the face and make you realise that Beauty can be found anywhere at anytime. Many People Evaluate a artist based on the prices which a pieces have sold, this will no be the case because Everybody in the art world knows those monetary figures of a Rodon Work, Instead Im more impressed in the Process of making the art itself, Most of Rodon works take more than one year to finish a piece which thats why his Production is so limited and I think is part of his charm.
Lets meet Los Personaje shall we? Let me introduce to you the Most important series of Rodon Work which took almost 20 years to finalize. Marta Traba Was the First made of the serie in 1971
Luis Munoz Marin which to many is Consider his Most important Piece, recently appraised for $1,000,000.00 in accordance of Telemundo 2014 Interview with the artist.
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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Talk about rarity in this world and tell me the definition of a Classical in Time. Tell Me More about this painter that goes by the name of Jaime Rosa. And I will tell you that a young master that surely will Impress you in any moment now. I NEVER liked Baroque painting for me was an old, borring movement until I saw It. What do I mean by It??? It was a one of the most Impressive painting I have ever seen in my life, which depicted a woman in a red dress which I called it “Mujer del Vestido Rojo” A simple modern painting with an extremely old dark enviroment normally seen in works by Peter Paul Rubens which are typical painting from the 16th Century. This Work is clearly depicting a sensual woman staring to the abyss of darkness in a precise but elegant way.
A brief description of his work would be simple and subtle maintaing the integrity in composition of light and darknes with a touch of a NeoBaroque style which can only be seen on his work. Fusing modern art with a touch of classical technique to a canvas which only and example of a contemporary reinterpretation of a modern item in a Diego Velazquez setting could prove my point like this:
For me This fusion created by Jaime Rosa Is a fresh start and evidence that even the old style movements with a little twist ofm art can give rise to a Impressive array of work that can be appreciated by even the most untrained eye. Making this quality the most powerful weapon to its advantage
In my opinion there are lots of good artist in Puerto Rico but only one artist that I can recall can achive the grade of complexity of such caliber painting and that is why I consider Jaime Rosa one of the greatest new talents in Puerto Rico and one of the smartest investment in any modern Puerto Rican Art, Because is just a matter of time when we will see Rosa’s work hanging in every Puerto Rico Museum.
Once in a while you find a Rare Talent in the World of Art to me is called Carlitos but to others he’s called Carlos Santiago Know who is Carlos Santiago? Well word are hard to express his genius to me I consider him an Abstract Expresionist painter with a strong influence of non other than Julio Rosado del Valle. It is needless to say his education which is compose by a Bachelor and a Master in Art with a 2 years studies experience in Paris plus one of the greatest mentor Alfonso Arana, His paint its the expression of a dark radiant color structure Composition. Now!!! What is the quality that bring my attention to his painting? Diversity, I haven’t seen a Artist who has so many diferent themes but maintaining the same patterns of composition using black color. He’s best works are composed by Las Madonas, Traffics, Flowers, Monotypes and Many More!!!
Many people that are starting collection ask me on which artist they should invest, And I always give them the Same Answear Carlitos. Once they see his work the rest is history, and I think that this is part of the magic on his paintings. Most of his painting are in Large Format while He also works small size sculpture with compositional similarity to his painting.
“Florero” is one of his First works on the composition of flower vases and You can see clearly that this kind of work has a magical sense to it, when you start visualizing dark tone with the fusion of all the 4 types of blues selected by me for this piece, the final result was magnificent. This is Why I consider Time is Favoring Carlos Santiago because with the pass of time his work have mature into monumental masterpieces that in a near future we will “ahhh” in the presence of the Them. In my opinion Carlos Santiago will surely become the next Rosado del Valle of our Generation here in Puerto Rico.