Jorge "Rito" Cordero
Lares, PR, 1982
Lares, PR, 1982
Sculptor and performer. Graduates from high school in 2000 and in 2001 begins to study for a Bachelor's degree with a concentration in sculpture at Escuela de Artes Plásticas in old San Juan. In 2003 wins First Prize in the VI Sculpture Competition from Escuela de Artes Plásticas in San Juan, with the work "Crucisentado". In 2004 obtains the Annual Exhibition Award with the sculpture "Sirena Centenario a Neruda". That same year he was part of a selection of ten students that traveled to the ARCO art fair in Madrid. In 2005 he concludes his Bachelor's degree in sculpture with the work "Colecticleta la Habanera" becoming the first student in the history of the institution, to perform said Bachelors in 4 years. In 2008 the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico awards him the UBS Prize and acquires "Colecticleta la Habanera" sculpture. He is mainly recognized for his sculptures composed of bicycles.
Meticulously conceived and constructed with great honesty and professionalism, the artist’s work, always original and visually challenging, is the result of an extraordinary education that began during his childhood. Rito’s father is a respected bicycle and automobile mechanic, and Rito learned this trade as a child, a skill that was later put to good use when he studied under sculptors/professors Adelino González and Linda Pintor, developing a unique discourse.
Source: Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. Solo Show, Jorge “Rito” Cordero, Galería Yemayá. ArtNexus, 2010
Ayala, Hermes. “100 años y contando: respira Corretjer en el arte joven”. Dialogo (San Juan, PR), enero-febrero 2009.
Delgado Figueroa, Elaine. “Generoso el 2005 en la plástica”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 2 de enero de 2006.
Escribano, Rosa. “Atrévete a hacer una carrera en el arte”. Primera Hora (San Juan, PR).
Meléndez, José Ramón. “Ule”. Claridad, En Rojo (San Juan, PR), 21 al 27 de septiembre de 2006.
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“En su espacio”. ArtUpdate (San Juan, PR), Núm. 2, Noviembre 2009.
Damaris, Hernández. “UBS y el MAPR premian la colecticleta”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 25 de octubre de 2008.