In the house of Juan Carlos and Neki III
Date 1982
Dimensions 54" x 48"
Category Painting
Medium Acrylic on canvas
Genre Scenes
Period 20th Century
Collection Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña Collection

Carlos Collazo-Mattei

"In the house of Juan Carlos and Neki III" (1982)



Painter, draftsman, pottery, assemblage artist, graphic artist and designer. Collazo studied architecture at Auburn University in Alabama and printmaking, photo-etching, drawing, and pottery at the Art Students League of San Juan between 1975 and 1977. He worked as a graphic designer at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture from 1977 to 1978 and taught at the Art Students League of San Juan, Casa Candina and the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts. In 1990, with colleagues and friends Marcos Irizarry, María de Mater O’Neill, and Teresa López, he founded an art studio in Cayey. His paintings, pottery, constructions, and book designs were part of several solo and group shows. His work went through various phases, such as Abstraction, Hyperrealism, constructions. and Photorealism, the latter being his choice for his best known series of monumental self-portraits of the late eighties, which Collazo claimed represented his own confrontation with death, in a “change of focus” from the external to the internal.