• XXI Temporada de Teatro Internacional

    “XXI Temporada de Teatro Internacional*”

    Date 1985
    Dimensions 26 5/8" x 16 15/16"
    Category Poster
    Medium Silkscreen on paper
    Genre Portrait
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection
    Acknowledgement Gift of: Glaxo Smithkline *Title translation: 21st International Theater Season

Nelson Sambolín

Salinas, PR, 1944

Biography Details

Printmaker, graphic designer, painter, draftsman, and teacher. Sambolín graduated with a BFA from the University of Puerto Rico in 1970, having studied under Luisa Geigel, John Balossi, and Carlos Marichal. In 1983 he completed his master’s degree at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In the seventies, with Rafael Rivera Rosa and René Pietri, he founded the Taller Bija, after having founded other studios such as Quinqué. Taller Bija triggered a great transformation in Puerto Rican graphic arts, which began to take on a more conceptual cast. Sambolín now works at the University of Puerto Rico, making commemorative posters and other materials for Río Piedras Campus activities, and teaching in the schools of Architecture and Public Communication. His posters may be found in important collections, including the Library of Congress. Music, particularly Afro-Caribbean and jazz, is central to his graphics and fine arts work. His graphic work is also distinguished by its lettering, which he himself designs, as well as by the free, open lines of the drawing and the purified, clean, stylized designs that highlight the compositional spaces.

Artist Statement

"... the awareness of design that comes from years of work discipline; but also, there is another thing: the approach, the approach to the object, texture, color; closely because I am very close. Perhaps someone else can see that as a panorama or landscape, but I am inside, remember. There indeed I belong"

Source: Acosta, Quetza. “Entre la plancha y los pinceles”. Claridad, En Rojo (San Juan, PR), 23 al 29 de octubre de 1998, pp. 22-23.

Formation

Education

1983

  • Masters of Printmaking. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States

1970

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

1986

  • Professor. School of Public Communication, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1969-1980

  • Graphic Designer. Cultural Activities Department, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1970’s

  • Founder together with artist Rafael Rivera Rosa. Taller Bija, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2010

  • De Olimpia a Mayagüez, Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009

  • Grabados a Poe, Galería Guiatibiri, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Nelson Sambolín, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Sambolín en cartel, 1969-2002, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Memorial, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Hispaniola Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1988

  • Nelson Sambolín, Obra reciente, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Galería Guatibiri, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1976

  • Galería Guatibiri, 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

2008

  • Arte entre seis, Sexta Subasta de Arte y Compromiso de Iniciativa Comunitaria Inc., Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Más sabe el diablo…, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Contexto Puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Máscaras, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo 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, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • Ten Porto Rican Printmakers, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States

1981

  • Gráfica y poesía puertorriqueña, Dominican Republic

1978

  • Muestra, Unión de Artistas Gráficos, Czechoslovakia

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2013

  • Tribute. Municipality of Salinas, Salinas, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Award for Best Poster. International Association of Art Critics, Puerto Rico Chapter, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995

  • Silver Award. International Gallery of Superb Printing, Minnesota, United States

1984

  • Award. National Museum of Poznan, 10th International Biennial of Krakow, Krakow, Poland

1977

  • Award. American Association of College, University and Community Art Administration, New York, United States

1974

  • Posters Award. Primeros Juegos Universitarios de Centroamérica y el Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Poster Award. Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cartón de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Library of Congress, Washington DC, United States

Bibliography

Books

Cortazar, Julio. “Edgar Allan Poe, Obras en Prosa I”. Editorial de la Universidad: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2009 (Portada).

 

Catalogues

“Nelson Sambolín”, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1988.

 

Newspapers

“De viaje por el rostro”. El Nuevo Día, Revista Domingo (San Juan, PR), 30 de enero de 1994, pp. 12-15.


Acosta, Quetza. “Entre la plancha y los pinceles”. Claridad, En Rojo (San Juan, PR), 23 al 29 de octubre de 1998, pp. 22-23.


Alvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Sambolin’s talent shines in ‘Memorial’”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 2 de octubre de 1998, p. 48.


Cobián, Mariana. “Solidarios con una joven parapléjica”. Primera Hora (San Juan, PR), 27 de septiembre de 2002.


Díaz, Carmen Graciela. “Un abrazo entre dos autores”. Primera Hora (San Juan, PR), 1 de octubre de 2009, p. 62.


Pérez Rivera, Tatiana. “Junte de amor y compromiso”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 9 de junio de 2008. 


Pérez Rivera, Tatiana. “Oro al Color”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 11 de junio de 2010, pp. 78-79.


Torres Torres, Jaime. “Rescate del folclor a través del cartel”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 11 de octubre de 2003, pp. 20-21.


Vázquez Zapata, Larissa. “Sambolín: Pasando Balance”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 17 de febrero de 2002. 

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