• José I Quintón 1881-1981

    “José I Quintón 1881-1981”

    Date 1981
    Category Poster
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
  • El fanguito

    “El fanguito”

    Date 1960
    Dimensions 16" x 41 1/4"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil and wax on wood
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
  • Pintura Mural Rafael Rivera García

    “Pintura Mural Rafael Rivera García*”

    Date 1969
    Dimensions 20 7/8" x 16 3/4"
    Category Poster
    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
  • Gólgota: 12 Pinturas por Rafael N. Rivera García

    “Gólgota: 12 Pinturas por Rafael N. Rivera García*”

    Date 1963
    Dimensions 25 5/8" x 18 3/16"
    Category Print
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of GlaxoSmithKline

Rafael Rivera García

New York, USA, 1929 - San Juan, PR, 2014

Biography Details

Painter. Rivera García received his primary and secondary education at the High School of Music & Art in New York City. Afterwards he moved to Puerto Rico and studied at Instituto Politécnico de San Germán where he obtained his BA in 1952. A year later he obtained a MFA from Columbia University in New York. Back to Puerto Rico, he organizes sixteen art workshops in collaboration with the Department of Education and in 1954 works as Art Supervisor in the Arecibo School District. In 1956 he worked for The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company where he served as Co-Director of Special Industries and where he managed to obtain a scolarship to study Engineering Design (1956) and General Design (1957) at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1958, the University of Puerto Rico awarded him a scholarship to specialize in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After his return to Puerto Rico, he served as Assistant Director of the Exhibition Hall at the Museum of the University of Puerto Rico and at the same time held a professorship in the Department of Fine Arts at the University. Subsequently he was appointed Director of the Industrial Design Laboratory at the Department of Fine Arts and Adjunct Professor in the same department at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1965 he studied at the University of Florida in Miami, and in the 90’s was Visiting Professor at Hunter College in New York, United States. In the sixties he was part, alongside other renowned artists from Puerto Rico, of the collective Borinquen 12 and in the seventies was founder of an art gallery located in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Rivera Garcia is known for the mural program he iniciated in the seventies and through which there were more than 570 murals created in Puerto Rico and the United States, all monumental pieces. His work from those years was figurative, based on images from Pre-Columbian cultures of Puerto Rico. His favorite subjects were the stories and legends related to the history of Puerto Rico.

Artist Statement

"I consider myself to be an avant-garde painter, I praise the homeland with future’s words - I intend to impose my particular style, I elaborate and structure my values - To hell with history... whoever doesn’t understand my work can stand on the tips of their toes... I will not submit..."

Source: Carranza de Rechany, María. “El arte maximal de Rafael Rivera García”. Artes Visuales. Año 1, no. 3, 1970, pp.20-21.

Formation

Education

1965

  • Courses. University of Florida, Miami, Florida, United States

1958

  • Studies of Industrial Design. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States

1957

  • Design Studies. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

1956 

  • Studies of Design Engineering. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

1953

  • Master Degree of Art. Columbia University, New York, United States

1952

  • Bachelor Degree of Art. Instituto Politécnico de San Germán, San Germán, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

nd

  • Assistant Professor. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Director. Industrial Design Laboratory, Department of Fine Arts, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1958

  • Professor. Department of Fine Arts, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Assistant Director, Exhibition Hall. Museum of the University of Puerto Rico, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1956

  • Co-Director of Special Industries. The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1955

  • Artistic Director for Semana newspaper. Department of Education of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
  • Curriculum Technician. Department of Education of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

1954

  • Art Supervisor. Department of Education of Puerto Rico, Arecibo School District, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

1953

  • Art Consultant. Binney & Smith Co., New York, United States; Department of Education of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

1963

  • El Arte Maximal, University of Miami, Florida, United States; Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mortimer Levitt Gallery, New York, United States

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1958

  • Scholarship. Pratt Institute, New York, United States

1956-1957

  • Scholarship. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

1952

  • Award. American Artists Association, United States

1944

  • Award. Sacks, New York, United States

Collections

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

Bibliography

Books

Gaya Nuño, Juan A. La Pintura Puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico,  pp.158-159.


Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico Arte e Identidad. San Juan, Puerto Rico:  Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998.pp.179. 


Delgado, Osiris. Gran Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico. Tomo VIII. 1976.


Del Rosario, Rubén. Breve enciclopedia de la cultura Puertorriqueña. Editorial Cordillera, 1976. pp. 391.

 

Newspapers

Dinhofer, Al. Art by the island- full. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR) 1de diciembre de 1963, pp.6-9.


Exhibits. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR) 24 de noviembre de 1994, p.45. 

 

Magazines

Interview with Rafael Rivera García. Revista Surco (San Juan, PR) febrero 1965, pp. 31-32.


De Rechany, María C. El Arte Maximal de Rafael Rivera García. Artes Visuales. Año 1, no. 3, 1970, pp.20-21.


Artes Visuales. Año 1, no.1, 1970, pp.23.