El limpiabotas (portafolio Estampas de San Juan, Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño)
Date 1953
Dimensions 15 1/2" x 11 7/8"
Category Poster
Medium Silkscreen on paper
Genre Scenes
Period 20th Century
Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
Acknowledgement *Title translation: The Shoeshine Boy (Vignettes of San Juan portfolio, Center for Puerto Rican Art),

José Manuel Figueroa

"El limpiabotas (portafolio Estampas de San Juan, Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño)*" (1953)


Printmaker, painter, engraver, draftsman and silkscreen printer. He received a scholarship in 1947 to learne graphic arts with Lorenzo Homar and Irene Delano at the Community Education Division, where he began as a non-skilled laborer in 1949, and later worked as a graphic artist. In 1960, he received an award at the International Exhibition of Posters in Canada. A posthumous exhibition of his work was held in 1964. He became notable for his posters and Christmas cards and participated in several collective exhibitions. His work is considered as “naive”, but in the last years of his life he left behind this phase and started to stand out, with a great concern about the subject-matter, among the most mature painters.