Self-portrait (red background)
Date 1989
Dimensions 40 3/8" x 51 1/2"
Category Painting
Medium Acrylic, pastel, and oil on paper
Genre Self-portrait
Period 20th Century
Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection

Carlos Collazo-Mattei

"Self-portrait (red background)" (1989)


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.