Cayey, PR, 1954
Cayey, PR, 1954
Painter, illustrator, printmaker and sculptor. Studied at Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico under the tutelage of Professor Frank Cervoni graduating Suma Cum Laude with a concentration in painting in 1984. Since then he worked as an illustrator for special reports on channel 11 News and other media. In 1986 he joined the newspaper El Nuevo Día as one of its most prominent illustrators, being granted several international awards in illustration by way of this newspaper pages. Culminating his career as an Illustrator in 1995, Coll dedicates with passion to painting, medium that has brought him recognition from critics and art collectors, becoming his work part of important collections and conducting exhibitions in art galleries locally and abroad. In constant search of his visual language, Coll has steered his work towards the creation of a unique style which thrives on images and real-life situations that the artist has managed to perceive in the streets and transformed them into their own urban world with a clear satirical-social intention.
“Even though I’ve had many years of studies and experience in painting, I recognize that I’m not a naif artist, but I’ve been greatly captivated by this style of painting. As a visual artist, I look for, my way of expressing the most intimate, the most pure, the most simple; I look for the lost child that’s inside my being (self). Maybe that’s why I’ve identified so much with this type of art. In my paintings I manage to capture reality as I see it putting a little bit of humor in it. My subjects mainly represent people from the streets, predominantly poor people who, without any complex, appear as they are. Characters with their exposed bellies, women with their curlers and flip-flops, the rum and beer drinkers, the signs put up on businesses, the street fights, etc. are part of a social realism that to our eyes can’t pass unnoticed. The mutt plays a very important part in my paintings, since he is like a signature or a catch that identifies me, represents the loyalty, the faithful love for the homeland and my people. To be able to understand more about this art, here I summarize in a few words what naïf art or naive art is.
“Naif Art is the written word, which tries to describe and comprehend the image and the intention of the artist: The naive, the naive painting presents us a serene, peaceful, magical world, conflicting with a reality that generally is not. For this reason, this style of painting cannot be feigned, it is not learned, it is born from each one of the individuals who execute it. There are as much styles of naive painting as there are naive painters. It is an art that brings us in contact with the best of ourselves and reflect it. It connects us very closely with our inner child and so it reveals, in the most spontaneous way, with the most delirious fantasy, with the clumsiest grotesque or with the most caricatured hyperrealism. It is a non-academic painting since it is not studied, it is felt”.
Stanley Coll, 2006
“Artist display talent in ‘Illustration Today’”, The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 15 de julio de 1988.
“Surrealismo y eclecticismo en “ambos”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 27 de julio de 1988.
“La ilustración en Puerto Rico”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 3 de julio de 1988.
“Stanley Coll y su mundo tejido con metáforas”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 25 de enero de 1996.
“En grande los de En Grande”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 5 de noviembre de 1991.
“Ocho premios para nuestros artistas gráficos”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 29 de marzo de 1994.
“Imágenes callejeras de Stanley Coll”, El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 3 de noviembre de 2001.
“Seis expresiones del arte”, El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 11 de julio de 2002.
“De gala la V subasta del MAPR”, El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 1 de julio de 2002.
“Pinceladas”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 9 de junio de 2002.
“El pincel Naif de Stanley Coll”, El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 9 de abril de 2005.
“Una hora en la vida de ambos”, 29 de junio de 1988.
“8 años de trayectoria”, 25 de enero de 1995.
“Aquí me quedo”, 1 de noviembre de 2001.
“Entrevista”, Frente Sónico, Programa TV, San Juan, Puerto Rico, DVD Player, 2002.
“8 años de Trayectoria”, Entrevista sobre artista, Tele 11, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1995.
“Aquí Me Quedo”, Entrevista sobre artista, Tele 11, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001.
Vera Irizarry, Jesús. “Aquí Me Quedo”, Entrevista radial, Radio Universidad, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001.
“Residencia del Artista”, Entrevista sobre artista, Tele 11, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1987.