• India de Boriquen

    “India de Boriquen* ”

    Date 1996
    Dimensions 5'3"x 30 1/2"x 3 1/2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Mahogany relief
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Indian from Boriquen
  • Sirena en caracol

    “Sirena en caracol*”

    Date 1980
    Dimensions 16"x 8"x 10 1/2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Bronze
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection *Title Translation: Mermaid in seashell
  • Majestad Negra

    “Majestad Negra* ”

    Date 1997
    Dimensions 5'3"x 30 1/2"x 3 1/2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Mahogany relief
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection *Title Translation: Black Majesty
  • Flor y pájaros de Puerto Rico

    “Flor y pájaros de Puerto Rico*”

    Date 1992
    Dimensions 4'2"x 10 1/2"x 10 1/2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Bronze
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Flower and birds from Puerto Rico
  • Maternidad

    “Maternidad*”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions 30"x 17 1/2"x 18 3/4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Mahogany
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection *Title Translation: Maternity
  • Tortuga

    “Tortuga* ”

    Date 1989
    Dimensions 15 1/2"x 22 1/2"x 36"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Fossilized stone
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Turtle
  • Múcaro

    “Múcaro* ”

    Date 1996
    Dimensions 25 1/2"x 13 3/4"x 14"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Guayacan Wood
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Owl
  • Pelicano echado

    “Pelicano echado*”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 16 1/2"x 16"x 35 1/4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Cedar wood
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Pelican laying down
  • Luís Muñoz Marín

    “Luís Muñoz Marín”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions 25"x 15"x 21
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Bronze
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • Zoilo Cajigas

    “Zoilo Cajigas”

    Date 1964
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Wood relief
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña Collection
  • India de Boriquen
  • Sirena en caracol
  • Majestad Negra
  • Flor y pájaros de Puerto Rico
  • Maternidad
  • Tortuga
  • Múcaro
  • Pelicano echado
  • Luís Muñoz Marín
  • Zoilo Cajigas

Tomás Batista

Luquillo, PR, 1935

Biography Details

Sculptor, restorer. Between 1955 and 1957, Batista took lessons from Spaniard Angel Botello, and he produced his first sculpture in 1957. In 1958, with a scholarship from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Batista spent two years in the ICP’s Sculpture Studio, which was under the direction of famed Spanish-exile sculptor Compostela at that time. In 1960, Batista went to Mexico to study at La Esmeralda School, where he also collaborated with Tomás Chávez Morado on sculptures for La Ciudadela. In 1962, he was given a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he studied in New York. In 1964, he spent time in Spain. In 1966 he became director of the ICP’s Sculpture and Restoration Studio, a program which eventuated in the creation of the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts. His first sculptures were in wood, and one of the best-known pieces from this period is Majestad negra (Black Majesty), although on his return to Mexico he chose to use stone. He was commissioned by the Puerto Rican government to do the Monument to the Puerto Rican Jíbaro in Cayey. His work is based on Puerto Rican themes, and his style is figurative, though stylized.

Artist Statement

Creative process: It begins in the artist’s imagination. What can be seen in a block of stone or wood? The artist gives free rein to his imagination which guides him to wear out the stone or wood block to create the shapes he sees in his mind.  

The artist’s creative process is a solitary one, long, tedious, repetitive and obsessive.

Source: http://tomasbatistaescultor.com/proceso_creativo

Formation

Education

1960

  • La Esmeralda School, Mexico City, Mexico

1958-1960

  • Formal studies with the Spanish sculptor Francisco Vásquez Díaz (Compostela). Sculpture Workshop, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1955-1957

  • Studies with Spanish sculptor Ángel Botello Barros, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

1984

  • Director. Francisco Oller Museum, Bayamón, Puerto Rico

1966

  • Professor. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Director.  Sculpture and Restoration Workshop, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan Puerto Rico 

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2005

  • El hoy y el ahora de Tomás Batista, Caribbean University, Bayamón, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Centro de Arte y Cultura, Luquillo, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Museo Casa Cautiño, Guayama, Puerto Rico

1980

  • Museo de Historia,  Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1978

  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

1978

  • La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus, Humacao, Puerto Rico

El Capitolio, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1973

  • Convento Santo Domingo, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1968

  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1959, 1972

  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1957

  • Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Los tesoros de la pintura puertorriqueña, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Imagen de Betances, Galería Francisco Oller, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977-1978

  • Muestra de Pintura y Escultura en Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1962

  • Exposición de los Talleres, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1972

  • Sabbatical. Madrid, Spain

1965

  • Second Prize. Concurso de Escultura para Artistas Jóvenes de América Latina, ESSO Oil, Co., San Juan, Puerto Rico

1964

  • Scholarship. Instituto de Cultura Hispánica de España, Spain

1962

  • Fellowship. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, United Sates

1960

  • Scholarship for advanced studies in La Esmeralda School, Mexico. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1958, 1960

  • Scholarship. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1958

  • Mention. Ateneo Puertorriqueño , San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Centro de Arte y Cultura, Luquillo, Puerto Rico
  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico    
  • Lincoln Medical Center, New York, United States
  • Museo Casa Cautiño, Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico    
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico    
  • Museo Francisco Oller, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Salón  de Artistas Jóvenes, Washington DC, Estados Unidos

Bibliography

Books

Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Arte e Identidad. San Juan, P.R.: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998.


Los tesoros de la pintura puertorriqueña. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. San Juan, P.R. 2000.