• Cut the Cake

    “Cut the Cake ”

    Date 2008
    Dimensions 32"x 40"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Orquídea

    “Orquídea *”

    Date 2007
    Dimensions 42"diameter
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic and oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Title Translation: Orchid

Nathan Budoff

Massachusetts, USA, 1962

Biography Details

Painter, draftsman, creator of installations, and translator. Obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and his Master’s Degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1993, as a Fulbright Fellow he traveled to Colombia before settling in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1994. He has been invited as an artist to the University of Minnesota at Duluth and for several symposia in Medellín, Colombia. Has also been a finalist in several competitions, the Drawing Biennal in Tijuana and the Certamen Nacional de Artes Plasticas at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico. His interest in books and narrative lead him to produce three artist books from the late 90’s through 2002.  Each book was designed, printed and bound by hand in a limited edition. In 2002 Nathan Budoff competed for a public art commission as part of the Programa de Arte Público de Puerto Rico. He was selected to create “Con las Cotorras”, a 42 foot diameter Byzantine mosaic, was installed in 2003 in the Martínez Nadal Station of the Tren Urbano. Currently he is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Puerto Rico. His work is characterized by the integration of design resources and fantastic-narrative elements.

Artist Statement

'The irony that usually meanders in Budoff’s art, appears when the inspiration of his present work emerges from looking up. In addition to addressing spatial solutions with the grouping of figures in non-static positions and the placement of buildings on the edge of the canvas, Budoff uses illusion not only as a formal tool of ingenuity to seduce, but also to generate the idea of scenery and allow a sensorial experience, as well as send a subtle moral message to the viewer: everything can have another point of view"

 

Source: María Arlette de la Serna Vázquez, Assistant Curator, Museo de Arte de Ponce, about Budoff’s work, “Looking Up” at MUAC.

Formation

Education

1989-1991

  • Master’s Degree of Visual Arts. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1982-1985

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Visual Arts. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States

1982

  • Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

1981

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Professional Experience

2004-presente

  • Painting, Design and Art Appreciation Professor. Departamento de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000-2003

  • Humanities Professor. Facultad de Estudios Generales, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994-2000

  • Video, Painting and Drawing Professor. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997-2000

  • Art Appreciation Professor. Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Visiting Professor. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Visiting Artist. Escuela de Bellas Artes. Cartagena, Colombia

1992-1993

  • Painting Instructor. Painting Studio, Buck’s Rock Summer Arts Camp, New Milford, Connecticut, United States

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2013

  • Retrato, Recinto Cerra, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2012

  • Looking up, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Diplomacia cotidiana, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Nathan Budoff-Recent Work, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, Minnesota, United States

2003

  • El Rebote Incierto, Arte-Papel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Espejerías and Recent Paintings, Galería Viota, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Cuentas extensas, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Péndulo de las Américas, Centro Colombo Americano, Medellín, Colombia

1999

  • Follaje-Nathan Budoff, Museo de las Américas, San Juan; Museo Fortín Conde de Mirasol, Vieques, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Fragmentos de una utopía, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Centro Europa, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Uno con el otro, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995

  • Geografía y gula, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá, Colombia

1992

  • Nathan Budoff, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Group Shows

2008

  • Te quiero, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • En sus marcas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • El T Shirt Show, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • La Feria de julio, =DESTO, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Cien años de enseñanza en la Universidad, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Obra Reciente de la Facultad, Galería Francisco Oller, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Reality Check, Nandi Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey, United States

2002

  • Inaugural Exhibition, Pavlova M Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States
  • V Certamen Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Flora, Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Correspondencias- un dialogo con Ramón Frade, Museo Dr. Pío López, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, Cayey, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Libros de Artista, Diseño Isleño, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La Palabra Dibujada, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Bare Walls, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Four Corners of the World, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Projects from the Abbey Memorial Workshop in Mural Painting, National Academy of Design, New York, United States
  • Arte Contemporáneo Puertorriqueño, Centro Cultural Español, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Arte Puertorriqueño en Guadalupe, Centro de las Artes Pointe-a Pitre, Guadalupe
  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Exposición Colectiva, Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Objetos de amor… y esperanza, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 10” x 10” x 10”, Galería Raíces, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Creo en Vieques, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Museo Fortín Conde de Mirasol, Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • El Diluvio, Mon Petit Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Tu- Trans, Fundación Miró, Barcelona, Spain
  • Exposición de la Facultad, Galería Francisco Oller, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • 100 años después, 100 artistas contemporáneos, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Parejas, SA; 10 artistas, 5 obras, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • STOP, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Árbol de Navidad, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Exposición de la Facultad de la Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Exposición de la Facultad, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Gallery Artists, Galería Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Gallery Artists, Swanson Cralle Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky, United States

1993

  • Art Furniture, Ab Imo Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1992

  • The Next Generation: Impact of Race, Class and Sexuality on Family Life, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1991

  • Lacking Any Persuasive Theory, MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1990

  • Sixth Annual Iones Graduate Art Exhibition, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States
  • Window to the Imagination, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1987

  • Mon Amour, Circlework Visions Gallery, New York, United States

1985

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Student Union Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
  • Budoff and Tamarchenko, Northampton Center for the Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

1984

  • Woodstock Annual Exhibition, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, New York, United States
  • New England Open, Grove Street Gallery, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2008

  • Grant. Network Summer, Faculty Resource Network, New York University, New York, United States

2006

  • Grant. Network Summer, Faculty Resource Network, New York University, New York, United States

2005

  • Finalist. VI Certamen Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Finalist. V Certamen Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Grant. National Endowment for the Arts, Programa de Subvención Básica para las Artes, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Scholarship. Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarship for Mural Painting, National Academy of Design, New York, United States

2000

  • Grant. National Endowment for the Arts, Programa de Subvención Básica para las Artes, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Grant. Fondo Puertorriqueño para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Grant. National Endowment for the Arts, Programa de Subvención Básica para las Artes, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Grant. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, United States

1997

  • Grant. Fondo Puertorriqueño para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Fellowship to study in Colombia. Fulbright Program, United States Department of State, Washington DC, United States
  • Grant. Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1992

  • Residencia. Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, United States

Collections

  • Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Colección Biblioteca José M. Lázaro, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • New York Public Library, New York, United States
  • Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Newspapers

Alegre Barrios, Mario. “Budoff: Imagen y Palabra”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 16 de enero de 2002.

“Nathan Budoff”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 22 de abril de 2001.

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “La última noche de galerías”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 8 de abril de 2001.

Rodríguez, Jorge. “Follajes y locuras”. El Mundo (San Juan, PR), 14 de octubre de 1999.

“Nathan Budoff”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 14 de marzo de 1999.

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Budoff’s Follaje…”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 26 de febrero de 1999.

Vázquez Zapata, Larissa. “Variaciones del Paisaje”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 7 de febrero de 1999.

García Gutiérrez, Enrique. “Dos en un Museo”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 28 de julio de 1996.

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Budoff: The aesthetics of color”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 18 de julio de 1996.

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Nathan Budoff”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 23 de marzo de 1995.

Richardson, Penelope. “Nathan Budoff: an Interview”. Colombia Post (Colombia), julio 1994.

Bulka, Michael. “On View: Chicago”. New Art Examiner (Chicago, IL), enero 1991.

García Benitez, Mariana. "Pop, Violencia y Pacto". Primera Hora (San Juan, PR), 13 de septiembre de 2007.

Rodríguez Saavedra, Dalila. "Budoff y su cinismo agudo y feroz". El Nuevo  Día (San Juan, PR), 28 de septiembre de 2007.

Balsor, Lorraine. "Nathan Budoff’s New Artwork Aims to Embrace Wonder and Possibility". Caribbean Business (San Juan, PR), 18 de agosto de 2005.

"Culture Colors Latin Art Show", Duluth News Tribune, 9 de diciembre de 2004.

"Galería con rieles", El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 12 de diciembre de 2004.

Mesa Mejía, Beatriz. "Imagen revivida de Pedro Nel". El Colombiano, 10 de agosto de 2004.

Magazines

"Nathan Budoff dirige creación de mural en Nuevo México", Art Premium, 3:15, julio-agosto 2006

Martínez, Maribella. "Nathan Budoff". Art Premium, 1:3, 2004

Jiménez, Ingrid. "Puerto Rico’s Programa de Arte Público". Art Nexus, #53, Abril-Julio 2004

Web

"An Uneasy Trip: Budoff and Cristancho at the DAI", mnartists.org, enero, 2005.