• Sin título (portafolio Estampas de San Juan, Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño)

    “Sin título (portafolio Estampas de San Juan, Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño)*”

    Date 1953
    Dimensions 11 7/8" x 15 1/2"
    Category Print
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Urban landscape
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement *Title translation: Untitled (Vignettes of San Juan portfolio, Center for Puerto Rican Art)

Luis Muñoz Lee

New Jersey, USA, 1921 - Guaynabo, PR, 2003

Biography Details

Painter and journalist. Completed his university studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where he got a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities. In 1940, with his good friend Ricardo Alegría, he founded and edited the magazine Revista Caribe. Afterwards, he went back to the United States to get his Master’s Degree at Columbia University in New York. In 1948, he co-founded the newspaper El Diario de Puerto Rico. In 1950 he sponsored the creation of the Center of Puerto Rican Art and in 1955, he founded the weekly newspaper The Island Times, of which he was the editor. In 1963, Muñoz Lee went to work as editor at the newspaper The San Juan Star, where he stayed until his retirement. Even tough journalism was his vocation, he was always interested in painting. To this passion he dedicated must of his time. He did just a few solo exhibitions and participated in only some group exhibitions, all in the Island. Self-taught, during his beginnings as an artist, he created paintings of the human figure, especially nudes. Later, he became interested in geometric trends, with precise and clear planes. Pure forms and absolute color are emphasized. We can see in many of his works the city of Old San Juan. Subsequently, Muñoz Lee started to use only geometric volumes in his paintings, emphasising himself in a tour of the abstract world.   

Artist Statement

“Fellow artists said he exhibited a unique talent, nearly all of his paintings depicting scenes of Old
San Juan, the city he loved and which was a recurrent theme in his paintings. This prompted former Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Director Ricardo Alegría to say, “The San Juan of Luis Muñoz Lee is an architectural synthesis of his love and sense of nostalgia for the old historic city.” San Juan Star art critic Myrna Rodríguez mantains that his view of Old San Juan as seen in his work “is that of a careful observer; an analytycal view and an emotional one.” She further described his work as “highly intellectual interpretations of his urban setting, done without discarding its emotional impact on both artist and expectator.” 

Source: Gino Ponti, A Reporter’s Notebook

Formation

Education

  • Master’s Degree of Journalism. Columbia University, New York, United States
  • Bachelor’s Degree of  Humanities. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Primary Studies. Stuyvesant School, Warrenton, Virginia, United States

Professional Experience

1963-1994

  • Editor. The San Juan Star, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1955-1962

  • Founder and Editor. The Island Times, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1948

  • Co-founder. El Diario de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1940

  • Co-founder. Revista Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2013

  • Luis Muñoz Lee: presencia en la ausencia, Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Luis Muñoz Lee y su Viejo San Juan, Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2012

  • Interconexiones: lecturas curatoriales de la colección permanente del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • La tarjeta de navidad puertorriqueña, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La estampa serigráfica: Cuatro décadas, Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • Pintura y Gráfica de los años 50, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

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

Bibliography

Books 

Ponti, Gino. A Reporter’s Notebook in Puerto Rico (1973-2010), Chapter 15: Luis Muñoz Lee, a very private person, Bibliograficas, Puerto Rico, 2010, págs. 105-112.

 

Catalogues

Luis Muñoz Lee, Badillo/Compton, Inc. en conmemoración de su 40mo Aniversario (1944-1984), Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1984.


Interconexiones: lecturas curatoriales de la colección permanente del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012.


Luis Muñoz Lee: presencia en la ausencia, Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2013.

 

Newspapers 

“Las Ganas de Redescubrir”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 14 de febrero de 2013, p. 87.


Rodríguez, Myrna. “The Old City Observed”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 10 de junio de 1984, p. 6.


“Muñoz Lee en exposición”, Variedades, El Mundo (San Juan, PR), 31 de mayo de 1984, p. 4-B.


“Artist presents a profile of Old San Juan”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 1 de junio de 1984, p. 23.

 

Web

Figueroa, Humberto. “De olvidos y ausencias”, visiondoble.net, http://www.visiondoble.net/2013/03/15/olvidos-y-ausencias/, 2013.