• The Kingdom that Awaits

    “The Kingdom that Awaits”

    Date 1994
    Dimensions 84"x 120"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
  • Think under water

    “Think under water”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 24"x 24"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Messenger

    “The Messenger”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 24"x 24"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Well

    “The Well”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 84"x 84"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Give Him Wings and He Will Fly

    “Give Him Wings and He Will Fly”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 84"x 180"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Light House

    “The Light House”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 84"x 84"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Life Still

    “Life Still”

    Date 2012
    Dimensions 80"x 80"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on gesso treated paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Thinker

    “The Thinker”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 48"x 36"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Give Him Wheels and He Will Run

    “Give Him Wheels and He Will Run”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 84"x 180"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Magic Kingdom

    “The Magic Kingdom”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 84"x 84"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Kingdom that Awaits
  • Think under water
  • The Messenger
  • The Well
  • Give Him Wings and He Will Fly
  • The Light House
  • Life Still
  • The Thinker
  • Give Him Wheels and He Will Run
  • The Magic Kingdom

Arnaldo Roche Rabell

San Juan, PR, 1955

Biography Details

Painter. Roche Rabell began his artistic training at the Luchetti School of Art in Santurce, where he studied under Lope Max Díaz. He later studied architecture at the University of Puerto Rico and art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he completed his MFA in 1984. Since then, he has devoted himself entirely to painting. His work is found in important collections around the world, and he has taken part in several international events, earning numerous awards and great critical recognition. He has developed a unique style based on the application of layers of bright colors, which he covers with black and then rubs with a pallete knife to create dramatic and revealing images. Many of his paintings use live models, whom he wraps in raw canvas and then, using frottage, imprints on it the contours of their bodies. Usually of monumental size, exuberant in color, and dramatic in their content, his Abstract Expressionist paintings draw upon a variety of references, both historical and personal.

Artist Statement

Roche Rabell’s work is one of strong psychological content, in which he undertakes topics related to man and his nature. The artist mostly works portraits, self-portraits and landscape compositions in heroic sizes. The color and multiple textures achieved through the use of techniques such as frottage and impastos, as well as the use of other resources such as writing, result in a proposition strongly expressive and of great intensity.

Formation

Education 

1984

  • Master of Fine Arts. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1982

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1974-78

  • Studies of architecture. School of Architecture, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2010-2011

  • Museo de Arte de Bayamón, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 

2009

  • Azul Blue, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008-2009

  • Arnaldo Roche Rabell, MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, United States

2008

  • Recent Works, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
  • Arnaldo Roche Rabell, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Chicago Cultural Center , Chicago, Illinois, United States

2007

  • Arnaldo Roche: New Work, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States

2006

  • Obra reciente, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá

2005

  • Obra reciente, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2004

  • At the Edge of Religion, Walter Otero Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Caín: El Paisaje Robado,Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States

2002

  • Fraternos Vincent: El puente entre mi hermano y yo, Museo de Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Adentro y afuera, A. Cueto Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Vuelta a la intimidad, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • El jardín de mi padre, Fundación Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Feria Iberoamericana de Arte,Caracas, Venezuela

1996

  • Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, The Uncommonwealth Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia; Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada; Kranner Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Entre la vida y la muerte, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arnaldo Roche, Festivales Internacionales, Lima, Perú
  • Face to FACE,George Adams Gallery, New York, United States
  • Art in Chicago, 1945-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1995

  • Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

1994

  • Fuegos, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cantares, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • The Legacy Frumkins, Adams Gallery,  New York, United States

1993

  • Arnaldo Roche-Rabell; los primeros diez años, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Pinturas y dibujos, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Pinturas recientes, Frumkin Adams Gallery, New York, United States

1992

  • Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, Estados Unidos
  • Pinturas Recientes, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico                                        
  • Arnaldo Roche-Rabell,Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1991

  • El ojo del huracán, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Raptos, Museo Casa Roig, Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Frumkin  Adams Gallery, New York, United States
  • Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Lisa Sette Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
  • Frenetic Dreams, Organization of American States, Washington DC, United States
  • Iluminaciones, Galería Alejandro Gallo, Guadalajara, Mexico

1990

  • Espíritus, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Frumkin  Adams Gallery, New York, United States

1989

  • Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986

  • Eventos, milagros y visiones, Museo de Historia,  Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  •  Actos compulsivos, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico 

Colectivas

2013  

  • Pinta 13, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Chaco 13, Chile
  • Puerto Rico: Puerta al paisaje, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2012-2013

  • Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, El Museo del Barrio, New York, United States

2012

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

2009-2010  

  • Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, United States

2008

  • Visiones: 20th Century Latin Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, United States

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Selection of the Permanent Collection, Nassau County Museum, New York, United States

2005-2006

  • Portrait, El Museo del Barrio, Nueva York; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California; Bass  Museum of Art, Florida, United States
  • The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, United States

2005

  • Figuratively Speaking, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Go Figure, Multi-Cultural Aspects of the Human Form, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Lowe Art Museum, Florida, United States

2004 

  • Contemporary Art From the Diane and Bruce Hall Collection,  Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, United States

2003

  • Paradise Lost? Aspects of Landscape in Latin American Art, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Urbanity Humanity: Acquisitions and Selections from the Permanent Collection,  Bronx Museum, Bronx, New York, United States

2002

  • Crisis Response, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, United States

2001

  • El humor y la rabia. Cinco pintores contemporáneos de Estados Unidos, Fundación Caixa, Catalunya, La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain
  • El arte en Puerto Rico a través del tiempo. Parte II: 1970-2001, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La Luz: Contemporary Latino Art in the United States, National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico, Nuevo Mexico, United States

2000

  • The Latin Caribbean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, United States

1999

  • Tras la pérdida de las colonias, Centro Cultural Cariforo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Centro Cultural Exposición Itinerante, Manila, Philipines; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Castillo del Moro, Cabañas, Havana, Cuba
  • La vida urbana en la región del Caribe, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Spain

1998

  • 100 años después... 100 artistas contemporáneos, Museo las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • XXXème Festival International de la Peinture Cagnes-Sur-Mer, Chateau Grimardi, France
  • El papel del papel; The Role of the Paper, Guadalupe Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Tras la pérdida de las colonias, Consorcio de Museos de Valencia, Valencia, Spain; Puerto Rico; Cuba; Philipines

1997

  • Premios Marco, MARCO de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

1996

  • It Figures, SFA Gallery, Nocogdoches, Texas, United States
  • Going Places, Summer Group Show, George Adams Gallery, New York, United States

1995-98

  • Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Center for Fine Arts, Miami, Florida, United States

1995

  • Premios Marco, MARCO de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Azaceta, Bedia, Roche, George Gallery, New York, United States
  • The Reconstructed Figure: The Human Image in Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, United States
  • Arts 1995, Navi Pier, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Encuentro Interamericano de Artistas Plásticos,  Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico

1993

  • Carib Art: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean, Curaçao, Comisión Nacional para UNESCO, Netherlands Antilles

1992-93

  • Artistas latinoamericanos del siglo XX, Estación Plaza de Armas, Sevilla, Spain ; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum Ludwig, Colonia, France

1992

  • Face to Face: Self-Portraits by Chicago Artists, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Cruciformed: Images of the Cross Since 1980, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • 40th Anniversary Exhibition: Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, Frumkin  Adams Gallery, New York, United States
  • Uncommon Ground: Contemporary Latin American Art, Art Gallery The College at New Paltz, New York, United States
  • Imágenes de la tierra (1977-1992),Pabellón de Puerto Rico, Expo 92, Sevilla, Spain; Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • La tercera raíz, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Eco Art '92, Bozno Simonsen, Brazil

1991

  • Awards in the Visual Arts 10, Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;  Albuquerque Museum of Art, History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico; The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, United States
  • Art and Architecture at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Dos islas: ocho artistas del Caribe, Galerie Samagra, Paris, France
  • Mito y magia en América Latina, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Arte e identidad en Puerto Rico, filme  video por Sonia Fritz, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Figuración  fabulación, 75 años de pintura latinoamericana, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
  • The Awakening  El despertar, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
  • New Art from Puerto Rico, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
  • The Decade Show, Frameworks of Identity in the 1980’s, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, The Studio Museum, The New Museum, New York, United States
  • New Visions: Carlos Almaraz, Arnaldo Roche-Rabell and Rafael Vadia,Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States
  • National Drawings Invitational,Arkansas Arts Center; Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • Signs of the Self: Changing Perceptions, Woodstock Artists Association, Inc., Woodstock, New York, United States

1989

  • Chicago Artists in the European Tradition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Bienal Internacional de Pinturas, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Earth, Latin America’s Vision, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, United States; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists, Exhibición itinerante organizada por The State of Illinois, United States

1988

  • Latin Expressions, Illinois Bell Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Nick Quijano y Arnaldo Roche-Rabell Pay Homage to Campeche, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, United States
  • Adivina  Chicago Expressions, Mexican Fine Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States; Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
  • Latin Expressions, Illinois Bell Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1987

  • Hispanic Art in the United States; Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, The Museum of Fine Arts, Washington, DC; The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Museum of New Mexico, New México; Santa Fe, New México, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Ángeles, California; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, United States; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Art of the Fantastic Latin America 1920-1987, Indianapolis Museum of the Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; The Queens Museum Flushing, Queens, Nueva York; Center of the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida, United States; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
  • Puerto Rican Painting: Between Past and Present, Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington, DC; The Squibb Gallery, Princeton, Nueva Jersey; Museo del Barrio, New York, United States; Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 15th Competition & Exhibition, The Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois Estados Unidos
  • XIX Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Recent Developments in Latin American Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1986

  • Made in America; The Great Lakes Status, Alternative Museum, New York, United States
  • Ocho de los ochenta, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Contemporary Works on Paper, Struve Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1985

  • 81 St. Exhibition of Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Collective Exhibit, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Unique Works on Paper, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984

  • Portraits Look Alike, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Salón de Arte UNESCO, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • The Big Pitcher; 20 Years of Abstracted Figure in Chicago Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States

1982

  • Exposición Nacional de Pintura, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2006

  • The Best Museum Solo Show Award. Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte, Capítulo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Special Prize. Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte, Capítulo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Grand Prix Painting. I International Biennial of Art of Cumaná, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Cumaná, Venezuela

1991

  • Painting Award. Muestra Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • 10 Visual Arts Award. New York, United States

1989

  • Third Prize. International Biennial of Paintings, Cuenca, Ecuador

1982

  • Fellowship. James Nelson Raymond Traveling Fellowship, United States 

Collections

  • Archer Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, Texas, United States
  • Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • Bacardi Art Foundation, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Bronx Museum, New York, United States
  • Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company Collection, Chicago, Illinois, United States 
  • Cisneros Capital Group Collection, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Compañia de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Co.,Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Fundación Cultural de México, Mexico City, Mexico 
  • Halle Collection, Tucson Arizona, United States
  • Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Hirshhorn Museum, Painting and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, United States
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • Leipziger Volkszeitung Collection, Leipzig, Germany
  • Lowe Art Museum, Miami University, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Maison d’Amérique, Paris, France
  • Mexico Cultural Foundation, México City, México
  • Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Bayamón, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico  
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo del Barrio, New York, United States
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, United States
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
  • Museum of Fine Art, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island City, New York, United States
  • Reynolds House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States
  • RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • SADA Collection, Monterrey, México
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia, United States

Bibliography

Magazines

García, Gutiérrez, Enrique. Arnaldo Roche Agonista: La Lucha por La Identidad I, Revista Cultural de la Liga de Arte de San Juan, Puerto Rico, Año 9, Vol. 2, Número 17,  Septiembre, 1977.