• Christmas Program

    “Christmas Program”

    Date 1968
    Dimensions 24"x 16 7/8"
    Category Print
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Rural landscape
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of GlaxoSmithKline
  • Happy Holidays

    “Happy Holidays”

    Date 1963
    Dimensions 25 1/4"x 16 15/16"
    Category Print
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of Banco Santander de Puerto Rico
  • Nude Woman

    “Nude Woman”

    Date 1960
    Dimensions 38 1/2"x 29 1/2"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on Masonite
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Ponce Collection
  • Portrait

    “Portrait”

    Date 1947
    Dimensions 23" x 19 3/4"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de antropología, Historia y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico Collection

Antonio Maldonado

Manatí, PR, 1920 - San Juan, PR, 2006

Biography Details

Painter, draftsman, watercolorist, and printmaker. Maldonado is one of the most prominent member of the “Fifties Generation” of Puerto Rican artists. He began studying drawing and painting under Magdalena López de Victoria, then in San Juan joined Juan Rosado’s sign-painting studio and later studied painting under Cristóbal Ruiz, Alejandro Sánchez Felipe, and Gretchen Wood. At the sign-painting shop, he became friends with Rafael Tufiño, a friendship that lasted until the end of Maldonado’s life. From 1947 to 1950 he studied drawing, oil painting, and mural technique at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (Academia de San Carlos) in Mexico City. In 1950 he co-founded the Center for Puerto Rican Art, and in 1957 he joined the Graphic Arts Workshop at DIVEDCO, which he headed from 1963 until his retirement in 1987. He founded the Achiote Studio with Luis Alonso and Francisco Luciano, and was actively involved in the creation of the San Sebastián Street Festival in Old San Juan in the seventies. His work is representational, depicting various aspects of Puerto Rican popular culture with images filled with intensity and drama. He was always passionate about the island’s countryside, which he captured frequently in his watercolors.

 

Artist Statement

 

“Since his beginnings painting, Antonio Maldonado has standout for his firm commitment to Puerto Rican culture manifested through multiple techniques, including silkscreen, engraving, oil paintings and scenography. Antonio Maldonado’s works portray the humble Puerto Rican, hardworking and knowledgeable, in love with his land.”


Source: Espacio Abierto, El Nuevo Día newspaper, June 4, 2000, p. 3.

Formation

Educación

1947-1950

  • Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas de Mexico, Mexico

Sf.

  • Painting courses with Cristóbal Ruiz y Alejandro Sánchez Felipe. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Experiencia Profesional

1963-1987

  • Printmaking Workshop, División de Educación de la Comunidad, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1957-1987

  • Graphic Artist. División de Educación de la Comunidad, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1944-1946

  • Soldier. Armed Forces of the United States

1936

  • Signs Painter. Juan A. Rosado Workshop, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Exhibitions

Solo Shows 

1994

  • Galeria Coabey, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1982

  • Centro Cultural de Manati, Manati, Puerto Rico

1971

  • Colegio de Ingenieros de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1941

  • Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1962

  • Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Colectivas

2013

  • 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

1992

  • 45 años de expresión gráfica puertorriqueña, Pabellón de Puerto Rico en Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

1987

  • La estampa serigráfica en Puerto Rico, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • El cartel en Puerto Rico, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Muestra de pintura y escultura puertorriqueña, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 25 Años de gráfica puertorriqueña, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1973

  • La herencia artística de Puerto Rico; época precolombina al presente, Museo del Barrio, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States

1963

  • Grabados puertorriqueña, Galería Colibrí, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1962

  • Dos siglos de pintura puertorriqueña, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1956

  • Colectiva de arte puertorriqueño, Community Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1971

  • His poster for the Community Education Division, Christmas Program, was selected and published as a Christmas card in six languages by UNICEF 

1986-1988

  • Antonio Maldonado, Rafael Tufiño  and Luis Alonso designed the posters for the World Chess Olympiad held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and in Thessaloniki, Greece. The artists were invited by these countries to the events.

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico 
  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Books 

Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Arte e Identidad. San Juan, P.R.: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998.

Los tesoros de la pintura puertorriqueña. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. San Juan, P.R. 2000.