• Forgotten Memories

    “Forgotten Memories ”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 17 3/4"x 13 3/4"
    Category Photography
    Medium Silver gelatin print on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of the artist
  • Caution: Prolonged Staring at This Picture May Cause Image to Wear Out

    “Caution: Prolonged Staring at This Picture May Cause Image to Wear Out”

    Date 2007
    Dimensions 24 1/8"x 20 1/16"
    Category Photography
    Medium Black and white photography on paper
    Genre Portrait
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of the artist
  • Auto-Portrait Spanglish 101: El Lipstick

    “Auto-Portrait Spanglish 101: El Lipstick ”

    Date 1990
    Dimensions 30" x 30"
    Category Photography
    Medium Inkjet print
    Genre Self-portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • Portrait of Andrés Serrano

    “Portrait of Andrés Serrano ”

    Date 1990
    Dimensions 30" x 30"
    Category Photography
    Medium Inkjet print
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • Portrait of Susan Sontag

    “Portrait of Susan Sontag ”

    Date 1980
    Dimensions 30" x 30"
    Category Photography
    Medium Inkjet print
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • UFO Project: Mind Fictions Over Utuado

    “UFO Project: Mind Fictions Over Utuado ”

    Date 2012
    Dimensions 40"x 60"
    Category Photography
    Medium Inkjet print
    Genre Rural landscape
    Period 21st Century
  • Flowers Vibrating Below Their Fixed Point

    “Flowers Vibrating Below Their Fixed Point ”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 30" x 30"
    Category Photography
    Medium Inkjet print
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • El Santo Borroso Anti-Terrorist Aerosol Spray

    “El Santo Borroso Anti-Terrorist Aerosol Spray ”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 13"x 9"
    Category Mixed medium
    Medium Spray can with digitally printed label
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Santo Borroso: Patron Saint of the Out of Focus

    “Santo Borroso: Patron Saint of the Out of Focus”

    Dimensions 18"x 24"
    Category Photography
    Medium Digital photography
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • El Passport

    “El Passport ”

    Date 1994
    Dimensions 10 1/2"x 5"
    Category Mixed medium
    Medium Lithograph and digital image
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museum of Modern Art Collection, New York, United States
  • Forgotten Memories
  • Caution: Prolonged Staring at This Picture May Cause Image to Wear Out
  • Auto-Portrait Spanglish 101: El Lipstick
  • Portrait of Andrés Serrano
  • Portrait of Susan Sontag
  • UFO Project: Mind Fictions Over Utuado
  • Flowers Vibrating Below Their Fixed Point
  • El Santo Borroso Anti-Terrorist Aerosol Spray
  • Santo Borroso: Patron Saint of the Out of Focus
  • El Passport

Adál Maldonado

Utuado, Puerto Rico,1948

Biography Details

Photographer, graphic artist, and installation, performance, and alternative artist. Since the seventies, Maldonado has lived in New York City. In 1986 he was artist-in-residence at Light Work, and in 1994 he and poet Pedro Pietri founded the El Puerto Rican Embassy project, based on Eduardo Figueroa’s El Spirit Republic of Puerto Rico (1979). In 2005, Maldonado was a member of the delegation of Puerto Rican artists invited by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture’s Poli/Gráfica Triennial to take part in Impulse: 26th International Graphic Arts Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with the group show The Print as Metaphor: Puerto Rico in Ljubljana. His work alludes constantly to the phenomenon of the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York, problems of identity, the political status of Puerto Rico, and the perception of Puerto Rico abroad.

Artist Statement

“For the past twenty years my art has been a journey of self-discovery: the amelioration of conflicts between my experiences as a Nuyorican and my traditional Puerto Rican culture”.

Adál, 2007 

Formation

Education  

1973-1975

  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, United States

1971 – 1973

  • Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California, United States

Profesional Experience

1999 - Present

  • Co-Founder and Director. El Puerto Rican Embassy, Loisaida, New York, United States 

1975 – 1980

  • Co-Founder and Co-director. Foto Gallery, Soho, New York, United States

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2011

  • Out of Focus Traffik Signs, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010

  • Please Touch and Other Ideas, Galería Fotográfica PL 900, Casa Aboy, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Blue Prints for a Nation y Obra Reciente, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004-05

  • Blueprints for a Nation,  Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

2004

  • Blue Bananas on Fire, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Blueprints for a Nation, Center for Latino Arts, Villa Victoria, Boston, Massachusetts; Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lehigh University Art, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

2000

  • Out of Focus Nuyoricans,  El Museo del Barrio, New York, United States 

1988

  • Mango Mambo,  Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan; Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Edificio de la Organización de los Estados Americanos, Washington DC, United States

1982

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

1979

  • Levy Gallery, Hamburgo, Germany

1978

  • Fiolet Gallery,  Amsterdam, Holland

1977

  • Vision Gallery, Boston,  Massachusetts, United States
  • Cameraworks Gallery, Los Ángeles, California, United States

1975

  • Foto Gallery, New York, United States

1973

  • Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Focus Gallery, San Francisco, California, United States

Group Shows

2013

  • Interconexiones: lecturas curatoriales de la colección permanente, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2009

  • Fellowship. JP Morgan Fellowship, United States

2003

  • Playwright Residency. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, United States 

1974 – 1975  

  • Creative Arts Program, New York, United States 

1975

  • National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC, United States

Collections

  • Biblioteque Nationale, Paris , France
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, United States
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, United States
  • Johnson’s Wax Corp, New York, United States
  • Levy Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
  • Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium
  • Musée Moderne d’ la Villa de Paris, Paris, France
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo del Barrio, New York, United States
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, United States
  • New York University Art Collection, New York, United States
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Witkin Gallery, New York, United States

Bibliography

Catalogues

“Mango Mambo”, Galería Luiggi Marrozzinni, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1987.

 

Books 

“Enciclopedia Oxford de latinos y latinas en las artes norteamericanas”, editado por Suzanne Obeler y Deena J. González, 2005.


“La caída de los párpados", Nueva York, Estados Unidos: Foto-ediciones, 1980.


“La evidencia de las cosas no vistas", Nueva York, Estados Unidos: DaCapo Press, 1975. 


“Nuyoricans fuera de focos", Massachusetts, Estados Unidos: Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos David Rockefeller, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2004.


“Retratos de la experiencia puertorriqueña", Nueva York, Estados Unidos: IPRUS Institute, 1984.