• This One I Like

    “This One I Like ”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 24"x 48 1/8"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on Masonite
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
  • Centennial of the Abolition of Slavery

    “Centennial of the Abolition of Slavery”

    Date 1973
    Dimensions 23 8/16"x 17 9/16"
    Category Print
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
  • Self portrait with leaves

    “Self portrait with leaves”

    Date 1993
    Dimensions 14 3/8"x 18"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on Masonite
    Genre Self-portrait
    Period 20th Century
  • Nocturnal nostalgia

    “Nocturnal nostalgia”

    Date 1968
    Dimensions 16 1/2"x 28 1/4"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
  • The Vine

    “The Vine”

    Date 1975
    Dimensions 21 1/2"x 15"
    Category Print
    Medium Silkscreen
    Genre Religious
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Antropología, Historia y Arte Collection, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • I’m a Sinner II

    “I’m a Sinner II”

    Date 1994
    Dimensions 24"x 15 1/4"
    Category Painting
    Medium Pictographic Oil
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Antropología, Historia y Arte Collection, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Escorts

    “Escorts”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 28 7/8"x 21 7/8"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on Masonite
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Collection
  • Self-portrait

    “Self-portrait”

    Date 1964
    Dimensions 22 3/4"x 16"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on Masonite
    Genre Self-portrait
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Institute of Puerto Rican Culture Collection
  • This One I Like
  • Centennial of the Abolition of Slavery
  • Self portrait with leaves
  • Nocturnal nostalgia
  • The Vine
  • I’m a Sinner II
  • Escorts
  • Self-portrait

José Rosa Castellanos

Santurce, PR, 1939

Biography Details

Printmaker and painter. Rosa first studied art under Rafael Tufiño; his training in the graphic arts took place in DIVEDCO, at the Campeche Studio and Galllery run by Domingo García in San Juan, and under Lorenzo Homar at the Graphic Arts Workshop of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. From 1973 to 1986, Rosa was director of that Workshop, where he became a master of silkscreen technique. In his work he captures images and subjects associated with the popular culture of Puerto Rico, such as bar life, politics, and the religiosity of the island’s people, generally in a humorous, amusing manner. In the seventies he developed a novel style characterized by the integration of text into his compositions, using the text as a graphic element. In 1998 he was honored at the Twelfth San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Prints. His paintings have visual parallels with his graphic art, and are characterized by an emphasis on the underlying drawing and by the sharpness of the lines and the figures’ outlines. 

Artist Statement

The work of José Rosa is that place where Puerto Ricans observe themselves, where classes and social groups relate, where they identify as equals. Consequently, José Rosa has been able to work from his isolation, because confidence in his national identity has allowed him to search inwards for the roots of his people. The style engendered by his endless search, not outward, but from himself, is individualism.

Source: Traba, Marta. "Art of Latin America 1900-1980", Estados Unidos, John Hopkins University Press,1994. 

Formation

Education

1956

  • División de Educación de la Comunidad, Departamento de Instrucción Pública, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Workshop Galería Campeche, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1960

  • Graphic Artists Workshop, with Lorenzo Homar, Instituto 

Professional Experience

1973-1986

  • Director. Graphic Artists Workshop, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1960-1973

  • Graphics Workshop, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows 

2005

  • De las botellas y otros bocaditos, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Figuraciones, Kroma, San Juan Puerto Rico

2003

  • Museo Casa Roig, Humacao, Puerto Rico

2002

  • José Rosa: El Amor, la Risa y el Pecado, Galería la Pintadera, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Exposición Homenaje de la XII Bienal de San Juan del Latinoamericano y del Caribe, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

1997

  • José Rosa-  Al encuentro del Númen Isleño, Museo Casa Roig, Humacao, Puerto Rico 

1995

  • 35 años de pintura, Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Río Hondo Gallery, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 

1980

  • Galeria Guatibirí, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1979

  • Galería Guatibirrí, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977

  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1973

  • Galería Callejón de la Capilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1975

  • La Galería, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1972

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

Group Shows

2006

  • Juntos y Revueltos, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

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

1987

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

1985

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

1977

  • 25 Años de Gráfica, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1975

  • Gráfica de Puerto Rico, Havana, Cuba

1970

  • I Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1963

  • Gráfica puertorriqueña, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1975-1976

  • José Campeche Drawing Award. Sin Nombre Magazine, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1972 and 1974

  • Drawing Award. Ateneo Puertorriqueño Competition, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1960

  • Scholarship. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Collections

  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo del Barrio, New York, United States

Bibliography

Books

González, José Luis. "País de cuatro pisos", San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ediciones Huracán, 1980. (Ilustración en portada).
"The Latin American Spirit, Art and Artists in the United States 1920-1970", Nueva York, Estados Unidos:Abrahams Publishing con el Bronx Museum, 1988.
Traba, Marta. "Art of Latin America 1900-1980", Estados Unidos, John Hopkins University Press,1994.
Hermandad de la Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico,"Puerto Rico Arte e Identidad", San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998.
Delgado, Osiris. "Cuatro siglos de Pintura Puertorriqueña", San Juan, Puerto Rico: Banco Santander de Puerto Rico, 1998.
Tió, Teresa. "El Cartel en Puerto Rico" , Estados Unidos:Prentice Hall.