• Door into Time in Three Voices

    “Door into Time in Three Voices”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions 14" x 18"
    Category Print
    Medium Linocut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico Collection
  • Joel

    “Joel”

    Date 2005
    Dimensions 15"x 22"
    Category Print
    Medium Aquatint on silk
    Genre Portrait
    Period 21st Century
  • Fina and the Mad Monk

    “Fina and the Mad Monk”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions 50 1/2" x 53"
    Category Print
    Medium Woodcut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Acknowledgement Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
  • The swarm of kisses and oblivion

    “The swarm of kisses and oblivion ”

    Date 1996
    Category Print
    Medium Linocut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • ... and the earth is not enough for his brusque death

    “... and the earth is not enough for his brusque death ”

    Date 1996
    Dimensions 11"x 11"
    Category Print
    Medium Linocut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • You can sell the land

    “You can sell the land”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 15" x 19"
    Category Print
    Medium Colography
    Genre Rural landscape
    Period 21st Century
  • At the end of dawn

    “At the end of dawn”

    Date 1992
    Dimensions 12 1/2" x 10"
    Category Print
    Medium Woodcut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • From the Singer my mother pedals

    “From the Singer my mother pedals ”

    Date 1992
    Dimensions 12 1/2" x 10"
    Category Print
    Medium Woodcut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • The Spotted Bird

    “The Spotted Bird ”

    Date 1976
    Dimensions 14" Diameter
    Category Print
    Medium Linocut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • The Inner Animals

    “The Inner Animals ”

    Date 1976
    Dimensions 11"x 8"
    Category Print
    Medium Linocut on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • Door into Time in Three Voices
  • Joel
  • Fina and the Mad Monk
  • The swarm of kisses and oblivion
  • ... and the earth is not enough for his brusque death
  • You can sell the land
  • At the end of dawn
  • From the Singer my mother pedals
  • The Spotted Bird
  • The Inner Animals

Consuelo Gotay

Bayamón, PR, 1949

Biography Details

Printmaker, designer, and teacher. Gotay graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 1970 and completed her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York in 1971. She began as an apprentice in the Graphics Workshop of the School of Architecture, with José A. Torres Martino as her teacher, and in Lorenzo Homar’s studio. She also studied printing at the Bernardino Cordero Bernard Vocational School in Ponce and at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She studied non-toxic printmaking with Keith Howard in Canada. Her teaching, in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has been ongoing, and significant. Her work has been awarded prizes and honorable mentions throughout her career. She works in silkscreen, linoprints, and woodcuts, does font design, and has created artists’ portfolios and books in which image, word, and design mesh. Her prints tend to be poetic portrayals of the local landscape using textures and elegant lines. 

Artist Statement

“Her iconography is a kind of magic made up by flora, landscapes, architecture, the human figure and indescribable elements that appear as eyes watching us while we, spellbound, observe cryptic symbols instead. All integrated, all new and fresh, all part of the Greater Antilles. If I wasn’t familiar with her work, I would feel a great emptiness. … We need for the work of art to return us hope, love of life as well as to our work. Also, perhaps, some much needed tears, be them of sadness or joy. Consuelo’s work brings back to us those feelings, something that is lacking everywhere; let us take a look”.

Lorenzo Homar
Letter to the artist
1984

Formation

Education

1999

  • Non-toxic printmaking with Professor Keith Howard. Canadian School for Non–Toxic Printmaking, Alberta, Canada

1992

  • Letterpress, binding. Center for Book Arts, New York, United States

1990

  • Bernardino Cordero Bernat Vocational School, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Classes in silkscreen and typography. Lorenzo Homar’s workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1972-76

  • Classes in printmaking with José Antonio Torres Martinó. Graphic Arts Workshop, School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1971

  • Master of Arts. Teachers College, Columbia University, Massachusetts, United States

1969

  • Bachelor of Arts. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Profesional Experience

1990-2006 

  • Professor of printmaking and book arts. Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Associate Professor. Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994-2000

  • Director. Department of Printmaking, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984-1989

  • Print Professor. Printmaking Workshop, Architecture School, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan,  Puerto Rico

1982-1984

  • Print Professor. Universidad APEC, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1981-1984

  • Print private courses. Nouveau Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  
  • Artist Residence. Nouveau Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2001

  • Poetas del Caribe, Casa Rectoría, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Puerta al tiempo en tres voces, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Hay un país en el mundo, Biblioteca Nacional, Dominican Republic

1996

  • Hay un país en el mundo, La Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Grabados, Joseph Henry House, Princeton University,New Jersey, United States

1993

  • Exposición del Cuaderno de un Retorno al País Natal, Le Colisee, Fort de France, Martinique
  • Exposición del Cuaderno de un Retorno al País Natal, La Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Grabados y Dibujos, Exposición conjunta con el ceramista Thimo Pimentel, Galería Nouveau, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1983

  • Grabados, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1982

  • Grabados, Casa de Teatro, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1977

  • Grabados, Galería Oller, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1976

  • Grabados, La Galería, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1973

  • Grabados, Dibujos y Acuarelas,Colegio de Ingenieros, Arquitectos y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Colectivas

2012

  • Interconexiones: Lecturas curatoriales de la Colección del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Figuraciones, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2001

  • Honorable Mention. XIII Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y el Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Bronze Medal. Segunda Bienal del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia

1992

  • Scholarship granted by Fondo para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural en Puerto Rico to study printing at the Center for Book Arts, New York, United States

1982

  • Honorable Mention Engraving. Visual Arts  Competition “Sin nombre” Magazine, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1980

  • First Prize for Poster. 1st Day of May Competition, Brotherhood of Exempted Employees, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Honorable Mention Engraving. Visual Arts  Competition “Sin nombre” Magazine, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña,San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Biblioteca General de Puerto Rico, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Colección Esso Standard Oil, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cartón y Papel de Venezuela, CEPAL (Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América), Venezuela
  • Princeton University, Graphic Arts Collection, New Jersey, United States
  • British Library, Boston, University Library, Special Collections, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • New York Public Library, Nueva York, United States
  • Yale University, Library of Congress, New Haven, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Hunter College, New York, United States
  • Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, City College of New York, New York, United States
  • Dominican Studies Department, Smith College, Rare Book Room, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, Estados Unidos
  • University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

Bibliography

Books

Torres Martinó, “José Antonio.  “Las Artes Gráficas en Puerto Rico”, Puerto Rico: Arte e Identidad, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1998. 


Torres Martinó, José Antonio. “Los Animales Interiores de Consuelo Gotay”, 1976.

 

Newspapers

 “En enero: Elsa de Vana, Rafael Amable y la puertorriqueña Consuelo Gotay”. El Caribe (Santo Domingo, RD), 6 de febrero de 1982. 


“Mixing Romance and Magic Federico Barredas”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 10 de junio de 1984.


Bonilla Norat,  Félix.  “Portfolio of Graphics”, The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 9 de julio de 1978.


Díaz Quiñónez,  Arcadio. “Orfeo en Guayama”. Periódico El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 31 de enero de 1999.


Noya, Olga. ”Los Animales Interiores de Consuelo Gotay”. Prensa Libre (San Juan, PR), 29 de abril de 1977.


Núñez, Diómedes. “En ocasión de su tercera exposición individual: entrevista con  Consuelo Gotay”. El Nacional (Santo Domingo, RD), 21 de enero de 1982. 


Routte, Eneid. “Palés Matos Still Casts his Spell”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 5 de mayo de 1977. 


Tolentino, Marianne de.  “Consuelo Gotay expone grabados en Puerto Rico”. Listín Diario (Santo Domingo, RD), 2 de junio de 1983.


Tolentino, Marianne de. “Gráfica y Poesía de Puerto Rico en Casa de Teatro”.  Listín Diario (Santo Domingo, RD), 19 de julio de 1977. 


Tolentino. Marianne de. “En Casa de Teatro, Grabadista de Experiencia, Consuelo Gotay”. Listín Diario Santo Domingo, RD), 3 de febrero de 1982. 

 

Magazines

Fernández Zabala, Margarita. “La obra de Consuelo Gotay”, Plástica, Revista cultural de la Liga de Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, septiembre de 1982.


Fernández Zabala, Margarita. “La Sala de Gráfica Puertorriqueña y su Contenido”, Plástica, Revista cultural de la Liga de Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 7 de julio de 1981.


Díaz Quiñónez, Arcadio.  Los Animales Interiores de Consuelo Gotay”. Revista Literaria Sin Nombre, San Juan, Puerto Rico, abril-junio de 1976.