III. CPRAP: The Chicago Puerto Rican Artists Project

Original version revised in March 2017.  Now including entries from the

Chicago Latino Art Artchive–with art work photos from the Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez Collection adn other sources now being added and with further revisions coming in near future.

Interviews, documents and research work on pioneer Chicago Puerto Rican artists from the 1960s to the present, With special guidance from John Weber, Paul Sierra, Eduardo Arocho and Olga Herrera, as well as Ángel Quintero Rivera from the Center of Social Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.  The materials included frame existing interviews.

A. Overview: Chicago Puerto Rican Murals

Some initial  sample images

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 For a more complete compendium of images, see Chicago Boricua murals–a variety.

Humboldt Park Mural Tour.www.architreasures.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Mural-Tour-Letter.pdf

B. Art Organizations, Museums, Galleries, etc.

I. Organizations in the 1970s

Puerto Rican Arts Association 

ALBA – Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art – The …
Association of the Latin Brotherhood of Artists (ALBA) – Documents of …

Taller.  See Gamaliel Ramirez below.

Search Results

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.
Items related to NMPRAC — Humboldt Park Portal
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture – Humboldt Park Portal
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture – Wikipedia, the …

Centro Cultural Segundo Ruíz Belvis
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center – 45 years promoting afro-latin …
Perspectivas Latinas – Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center – YouTubeh
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center – Art Galleries – Hermosa … – Yelp
www.yelp.com › Arts & Entertainment › Art Galleries
Perspectivas Latinas – Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (en Español).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq8M1P3ILbY

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance – Preserving Puerto Rican Culture
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Edward M. Maldonado Exhibition Catalogs and Collected Writings. Curator
(MS2005.2, 1990-2005)

C.  Individual Artists

Precursors 1940s-1970:

Rufino Silva, Maria Luisa Penne Rullán de Castillo y Félix Cordero

1. Rufino Silva

Silva Estate, Humucao PR

Painting ICPR


Engraved image donated by

artist’s son, Peter Silva.

Materials available on approved request (contact mzimmerman@uh.edu)

a. Interview with Cuban-American Paul Sierra on Rufino Silva.
b. Interview with Peter Silva and other family members
c. Employment record SAIC
d. ICP photos of 1 painting in color, 1967 and 1972 exhibits (black and white).
e. paintings owned by family members in Puerto Rico

2. Other materials not yet available

a. Silva Visuals in Puerto Rico and Washington State. Not yet available.

3. Material online.

http://www.el-status.com/artists_list.php?birth=till%201939&group_flag=&text_form=Drawing&text_genre= :

Rufino A. Silva Born 1919, in Humacao, deceased 1993, in Mount Vernon, Washington, Drawing


a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and of L’Ecole de la Grande Chaumière, Paris

Deceased Name: Rufino A. Silva, Artist,http://www.el-status.com/artists/rufino_silva_obituary.pdf
Jorge Casuso.  An Old Master In The Art Of Salesmanship.www.articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-11-02/features/9311020108_1_paintings-paul-sierra-galleries/2

Notes on Art and Artists.Silva at IIT.Chicago Tribune 10-17-67.www.archives.chicagotribune.com/1967/10/07/page/33/article/notes-on-art-and-artists


Olga U. Herrera, Toward the preservation of a heritage: Latin American and … – Page 103
https://books.google.com.pr/books?id=KCsVAQAAIAAJUniversity of Notre Dame. Institute for Latino Studies  2008.

Puerto Rico–arte e identidad. Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico. p. 413:  https://books.google.com.pr/books?id=rP6p1n9jNb8C&pg=PA413&lpg=PA413&dq=rufino+silva+puerto+rican+artist+chicago&source=bl&ots=tT8TZp_Lmr&sig=yusy6boBZgVwEyOBOnsgb-EMMxk&hl=es-419&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUv9eA0LbMAhVJqx4KHfZPDjAQ6AEIRTAF#v=onepage&q=rufino%20silva%20puerto%20rican%20artist%20chicago&f=false

Dates Exhibition Title Artist(s) Venue City, State Notes I 1952, Apr. 18- May18 Etchings by Rulino Silva Rufino Silva Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL 1952
Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña – Issue 59 – Page 50
Defending their own in the cold. https://books.google.com.pr/books?id=69y2G4LU-iIC&pg=PA148&lpg=PA148&dq=rufino+silva+puerto+rican+artist+chicago&source=bl&ots=RpR17y3_23&sig=CCQcaXYmRv9QIbkcXqxKeo3HIzU&hl=es-419&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUv9eA0LbMAhVJqx4KHfZPDjAQ6AEISDAG#v=onepage&q=rufino%20silva%20puerto%20rican%20artist%20chicago&f=false

Chicago Artists’ Archive, Se-Sz | Chicago Public Library


Additional citations-offline:

Artists of Chicago and vicinity : … annual exhibition 1973
1957 Chicago Artists No-Jury Exhibition, from February l2 through February 26, 1957 1957
Annual Exhibition record of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1888-1950

Who was who in American art 1564-1975 : 400 years of artists in
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña – 1973 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions
ÜN SU SEGUNDA EXPOSICIÓN PERSONAL EN EL INStituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, inaugurada el 15 de diciembre, el pintor Rufino Silva presentó un conjunto de óleos representativos de la temática y el estilo que le han ubicado …

2.  María Luisa Penne Rullán de Castillo
(interview with Adlin Ríos Rigatu and Chicago-based art work possibly available on request from mzimmerman@uh.edu)


“Retrato de Dama”
María Luisa Penne del Castillo


María Luisa Penne de Castillo

Born 1913, in Ponce, deceased 2005, entered the New York Pratt Institute in 1935








Mixed Media

Adlín Ríos.  Las tres Luisas.www.it1me.com/learn?s=María_Luisa_Penne

3.  Félix Cordero

(discovered thanks to Sonia Nieto Feb. 2017)

Interviewed by Marc Zimmerman (Feb. 2017) in Caguas, PR.


Born 1931, in Ponce, Félix Rafael Cordero, the oldest of nine children, left for New York in 1953, lived in Chicago 1960-1972, then returned to New York, 1972-1990..   Moved to Ecuador in the early 90s and returned to Puerto Rico in 1994; lives in Ponce, then moved to Caguas where he is living today (2017), still painting and working with young artists. Brother of deceased photographer Félix Cordero, figurative decorative Painting Drawing figurative
Book with works

II. Pioneers (1970s-80s)

1. Artists interviewed by CLAS (recordings and art reproductions possibly available on request from mzimmerman @uh.edu)

Oscar Luis Martínez

Included in GCOL

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Oscar Martínez.  Biography www.oscarmartinez.com/aboutartist.htm
Ilana Vardy.  Archeology of the Mind.www.oscarmartinez.com/vardy.htm
Egberto Almenas.   Stairway to Oscar Martinez.www.oscarmartinez.com/articles2.htm
Pertiche Art Gallery.  Sequences of Being.www.oscarmartinez.com/perstiche.html

Gamaliel Ramírez

Gamaliel Ramirez was born on November 11, 1949 in the Bronx, of New York, A Boricua, Nuyorican who has worked in Chicago as an artist / teacher artist for over 35 years and retired in Santa Rita, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gamaliel passed away on May 21, 2018 after being hospitalized after Hurricane Maria for 8 months.

Welcome To Gamaliel Ramirez’s Official Web Site – Gamaliel Ramirez …



“Remembering Gamaliel Ramirez.” 2018. El BeiSMan. http://www.elbeisman.com/article.php?action=read&id=1636.



I.  From UIC Chicago Latino Artchive:


II..  Some sample images–photos, studio work and murals from GCOL and CLAS archives.


Sea of Flags
Gamaliel Ramirez, "Self Portrait". Acrylic on Canvas. 48 x 50. 1979.

Gamaliel Ramírez. Untitled. 1974. GCOL

Gamaliel Ramirez, "911". Acrylic on Canvas. 45 x 45. 2001.
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IV.   Gamaliel Ramírez’s Official Web Site, Studio Located in San Juan, PR.www.gamalielramirez.weebly.com

V.  Other websites

Carmen C. Rivera, The Muralist..www.chicagonow.com/en-chicago/2010/12/the-muralist/#image/1
Gamaliel Ramirez Chicago IL BIOGRAPHY Born to … – El Status

GAMALIEL RAMIREZ.  Reunite Artist with his Paintings.  https://www.gofundme.com/rh9h98g8s
The Murals & list of Murals and Installations – Gamaliel Ramirez’s …
Paintings by Puerto Rican Artist Gamaliel Ramirez – YouTube

2. Artists not yet interviewed.

Mario Galán-
Héctor Rosario
José Bermúdez
Included in JGOL.

In the early 1970s, the Puerto Rican Art Association, whose most visible members were Mario Galán Jose Bermudez, and Hector Rosario, produced two murals of considerable importance, one entitled the Crucifiction of Pedro Albizu Campos.

La Crucifixion de Don Pedro Albizu Campos, 1971. Artists: Mario Galan, Jose Bermudez, Hector Rosario. Location: 2425 West North Ave. • Don Pedro Albizu. Location: 2425 West North Ave.

  • Don Pedro Albizu Campos, the leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, is depicted crucified in the center alongside two other Nationalists of the 1950s. Portraits of six independence and abolitionist leaders of the 19th century are lined across the top.
  • The flag in the background is called the La Bandera de Lares. It represents Puerto Rico’s first declaration of independence from Spain on September 23, 1868. This armed uprising is historically known as El Grito de Lares.
  • It took nine years to save this mural from destruction. A new condominium was planned and if built, would have blocked off the mural. Community members concerned about gentrification of the neighborhood as well as saving the oldest Puerto Rican mural in Chicago went into action and saved it.

La Crucifixión de Don Pedro Albizu Campos: Mural;.
Nick Kanellos, ed. Handbook of Hispanic Culture-Literature.  https://books.google.com.pr/books?id=bC1FU07kVeoC&pg=PA203&lpg=PA203&dq=mario+galan+chicago+artist&source=bl&ots=1d4Kq7VFxn&sig=21nNUQIqQfBglSBHa87BHu6Mkdw&hl=en&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwj_gZSkhcjMAhXLJx4KHZnQCgMQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=mario%20galan%20chicago%20artist&f=false
The Restoration of La Crucifixion De Don Pedro.www.lavoz-prcc.org/2010/10/the-restoration-of-la-crucifixion-de-don-pedro/

Jeff Huebner. Restoring Puerto Rican Congress Murals: Oldest surviving community murals in Chicago are in Wicker Park. www.oururbantimes.com/arts/restoring-puerto-rican-congress-murals-oldest-surviving-community-murals-chicago-are-wicker-park

                   https://books.google.com.pr/books?  id=STjcB_f7CVcC&pg=PA463&dq=mario+galan+chicago+mural&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF78Df87vMAhWEox4KHePdAEIQ6AEIQDAC#v=onepage&q=mario%20galan%20chicago%20mural&f=false

Roz Diane Lasker, John A. Guidry.  Engaging the Community in Decision Making: Case Studies Tracking … ht1tps://books.google.com.pr/books?id=dOiXCwAAQBAJ&pg=PA157&lpg=PA157&dq=mario+galan+chicago+artist&source=bl&ots=ziNfhQ2R1a&sig=bSN76LeQTts3aX9mpbfl_MMeuxU&hl=en&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwj_gZSkhcjMAhXLJx4KHZnQCgMQ6AEITDAH#v=onepage&q=mario%20galan%20chicago%20artist&f=false

Aníbal Rojas

Included in GCOL.
Full text of “Community murals : the people’s art” – Internet Archive

3. Barrio Photographers : 1970s—(Not interviewed)

Miguel Arroyo

Miguel Arroyo ‘s Fine Art Photography

Elías Carmona

Elias Carmona | LinkedIn


HomeComing – “That’s Puerto Rican” | National Museum of Puerto …

Carmona.  Statue of Pedro Albizu Campos in the Snow

Photos of Albizu Campos

Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores on Vimeo
Carlos Flores | PuertoRicanChicago
Carlos Flores | PuertoRicanChicago | Page 2
Puerto Rican Days | Miscellany | Chicago Reader
Items related to puerto rican culture — Humboldt Park Portal
www.humboldtparkportal.org/tags/all/puerto+rican+culture]Redalyc.Capturing the images of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Community
Wilfredo Cruz – 2005Puerto Rican Chicago – Google Books Result

          Tito Garcia


Eliud Hernandez


            Angel R. Morales

                Exhibitions – Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Jaime Chico Rivera

Wilfredo Cruz – 2005Puerto Rican Chicago – Google Books Result

Tomas Sonábria

Wilfredo Cruz – 2005Puerto Rican Chicago – Google Books Result
Popular Humboldt Park Latino Pastor to lead the Albany Park Evangelical Covenant Church.

Gini Sorrentini

November,-1974-Vol-4-No-3-1 – Que Ondee Sola
The Daily Chronicle from De Kalb, Illinois · Page 13 – Newspapers.com

Ramón Vila  


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    • Notes: Born in Camuy, Puerto Rico
    • Chicago Artists’ Archive
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4. Painters from the Island with significant Chicago residence. 1980-

Samuel Sánchez 

(Discovered first thanks to Prof. Ramón Luis Acevedo, UPR, and then Prof. Aldín Ríos, U. de Sagrado Corazón)

Residing 1980-2010  (LAS has interviews with Adlín Ríos and Ivelize Sánchez Sanders and some photos of Chicago art work possibly available from mzimmerman@uh.edu).
Being Puerto Rican October 2, 2010.  https://www.facebook.com/beingboricua/posts/100146233384053

Samuel Sánchez  www.mapr.org/en/museum/proa/artist/sanchez-herrera-samuel
Art Exhibition: “Samuel Sánchez Return to Corozal”.  https://repeatingislands.com/2010/10/01/art-.exhibition-“samuel-sanchez-return-to-corozal”/
For full article (and video of Sánchez), seehttp://www.primerahora.com/exposiciondelpintorsamuelsanchezencasaloydi-428242.html
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Paintings
Puerto Rico–arte e identidad – Page 447 – Google Books Result
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Paintings
Richard R. Brettell, ‎Paul Hayes Tucker, ‎Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) – 2009 – ‎Art

Roberto Barrera

Residing 1982-84
Roberto Barrera.  www.coleccionreyes-veray.com/section/110703_Barrera_Roberto.html
Roberto Barrera.  “Higo del Fuego”www.msa-x.msa-x.org/?p=1146
Profesor de la UPR presenta Hijos del fuego, una muestra de la violencia y de la guerra. www.noticias.universia.pr/ciencia-nn-tt/noticia/2009/01/30/131893/profesor-upr-presenta-hijos-fuego-muestra-violencia-guerra.html

Arnaldo Roche Rabell . 1955-2018

Notas de Prensa | Roche Rabell. Posted on noviembre 17, 2018 by autogiro


P.RICO OBITUARIO Fallece el pintor puertorriqueño Arnaldo Roche Rabell

EFE San Juan17 nov. 2018


La Hora

Fallece el pintor boricua Arnaldo Roche Rabell

Por Agencia EFE


El Nuevo Dia.  Tristeza ante el fallecimiento de Arnaldo Roche.  Personalidades del mundo del arte expresan su sentir ante la partida de uno de los artistas plásticos contemporáneos más importantes

El pintor falleció esta madrugada en un hospital de la capital, como consecuencia de cáncer de pulmón

El pintor puertorriqueño perdió su lucha contra el cáncer a los 62 años

Pintura de Arnaldo Roche

Primera Hora

Sin título 2017, Arnaldo Roche-Rabell


Puedes leer: Artistas comentan acerca de Arnaldo Roche

Acerca de Arnaldo Roche Posted on noviembre 17, 2018 by autogiro

El Vocero


Panamericano de Noticias  ( PNS)

the world news .net

revista quem.globo.com

Residing  in Chicago, 1979-1982/ 1983-1985, at least one visit after 2000.

                Paintings in Chicago 1980-85, GCOL

(Interviewed without recording, notes and Chicago images possibly available through mzimmerman@uh.edu).
Arnaldo Roche Rabell – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

Arnaldo Roche Rabell San Juan, PR, 1955. Biography Details – See more at: http://www.mapr.org/en/museum/proa/artist/roche-rabell-arnaldo#sthash.cL8M3lqp.dpufwww.mapr.org/en/museum/proa/artist/roche-rabell-arnaldo
ARNALDO ROCHE-FLORA.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-tBy38ln28
Arnaldo Roche-Rabell.  www.art.state.gov/artistdetail.aspx?id=132444
LILLIANA RAMOS COLLADO PALABRAS.ENCONTRADAS Bodegón con Teclado ~Un espacio para lo íntimo: Arnaldo Roche Rabell. Comentario sobre arte y literatura.

E. The Second Wave (1990s)

Jose Agustin Andreu

Jose Agustin Andreu's Profile

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Jose Agustin Andreu. www.andreu.us
JOSE’ AGUSTIN ANDREU Death of a Teenager, 2013.https://paddle8.com/work/jose-agustin-andreu/19609-death-of-a-teenager
Jose Agustin Andreu Images (some him or his, some not).  https://www.google.com.pr/search?q=Jose+Agustin+Andreu&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjm-qz1yrrMAhVCLB4KHZMICDYQsAQILA&biw=1675&bih=862

Juan Carlos Baez

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Sonia A. Baez Hernandez
(Interviewed by LAS-possibly available on request to mzimmerman#uh.edu)

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gallery.  www.soniaabaezhernandez.com
McLean, Cheryl (2010-07-05). “Arts Crossing Borders: Artist Filmmaker Seeks Healthcare Equity in Territories of the Breast”.

Gabriel “FLASH” Carrasquilla

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Chicago Graffiti – SiLO ART SPACE
Future Primitive — The BUBBLER @ Madison Public Library
Q&A: Jeremy Pinc joins graffiti, tattoo and comic book artists to make …
PROJECT LOGAN: Graffiti, Culture, History, Art – Facebook


  Nereida Cuca Cartagena

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Elgin, IL-based Carribean folk artist, art gallery, sculptures, jewelry. 
Images for Cuca chicago artist.  https://www.google.com/#q=Cuca+chicago+artist

Nereida Cuca Cartagena

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Jorge Félix


Jorge Felix Website.  http://www.adayinavondale.com
Jorge Felix.  “Not Enough Space – Art by Oscar Lopez Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres. https://never-the-same.org/interviews/jorge-felix/
jorge Felix, PRAA. Studio Arts & Exhibition Program Manager – jorge@praachicago.org, x 106. www.praachicago.org/staff/




Migdalia Galarza

Martin Soto, Migdalia Galarza, Moses Perez and others.


Oscar López Rivera

Oscar Lopez at the easel, painting of former prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres with his dog. All painting images courtesy of Oscar López Rivera and the National Boricua Human Rights Network.
Oscar Lopez at the easel, painting of former prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres with his dog. All painting images courtesy of Oscar López Rivera and the National Boricua Human Rights Network.

Girl with Quenepas (Spanish limes) and the Puerto Rican flag. All painting images courtesy of Oscar López Rivera and the National Boricua Human Rights Network.
Girl with Quenepas (Spanish limes) and the Puerto Rican flag.

Mita, Oscar’s mother. All painting images courtesy of Oscar López Rivera and the National Boricua Human Rights Network.
Mita, Oscar’s mother.

Painting of the post-Katrina Superdome, New Orleans. All painting images courtesy of Oscar López Rivera and the National Boricua Human Rights Network.
Painting of the post-Katrina Superdome, New Orleans.

May 30 Demonstration “One Voice for Oscar”. Photo by edwin pagán.

Mariana Mcdonald.  Brushstrokes for Liberation: The Art of Oscar López Rivera   www.inmotionmagazine.com/ac15/o_l_rivera_art.html

          Jorge Felix.  “Not Enough Space – Art by Oscar Lopez Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres.
             https://never-the-         same.org/interviews/jorge-felix/
Oscar López Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance.  https://www.google.com.pr/search?q=Oscar+López+Rivera%3A+Between+Torture+and+Resistancewww.amazon.com%2FOscar-López-Rivera-Between-Resistance%2Fdp%2F1604866853&oq=Oscar+López+Rivera%3A+Between+Torture+and+Resistancewww.amazon.com%2FOscar-López-Rivera-Between-Resistance%2Fdp%2F1604866853&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60.4807j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8Ramón López

Residing 1990s-2004(?)

Ramon Lopez

CÉSAR COLÓN MONTIJO. Los bembeteos de Ramón.www.80grados.net/los-bembeteos-de-ramon/
Talleres de Ramon Lopez.www.bembeteo.com/main.html
Rafael Jackson.  CON(TRA) LOS ELEMENTOS.  www.visiondoble.net/2015/10/15/contra-los-elementos/
See also Marc Zimmerman, Defending their own in the Cold (www.lacasachicago.org, Component I), chap. 2.

Raul Ortiz Bonilla

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Painting 3

Liz Rivera

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Carlos Rolón/Dzine

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Created 3 public art projects:

Still Deferred: Still Dreaming

How to Build a Brighter Future

Aren’t I a Womyn?

Aren’t I a Womyn? is a spray paint and acrylic mural painted on a wall of Roberto Clemente High School at the corner of Division and Western. The piece is 10 feet high and 107 feet long. The project was co-sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The mural combines graffiti lettering with images inspired by texts from Sojourner Truth, Julia de Burgos, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.  The piece was painted by Gude and Dzine with the assistance of Brian C. Morris and 13 teen artist assistants.

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Excerpt from the report to Chicago Public Art Group:

How to Build a Brighter Future, 1993

How to Build a Brighter Future, 1993

One of the three pieces created by the muralist/spraycan artist collaboration of Dzine and Olivia Gude in the summer of 1993, the mural combines Ndebele mural designs from South Africa, graffiti “wildstyle” lettering, and huge, carefully rendered community building blocks.



Created 3 public art projects:

Still Deferred: Still Dreaming

How to Build a Brighter Future

Aren’t I a Womyn?

Still Deferred; Still Dreaming co-sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys and Girls Club at Washington and Sacramento. The piece is 27 feet high and 90 feet long. A spray paint and acrylic mural, it is composed of graffiti style letters saying “Martin Luther King…have a dream,” portraits of King and Gandhi, tiny figures of civil rights marchers designed by neighborhood children and quotes by Africans and African Americans discussing dreams and life. Along with Dzine and Gude the piece was made with assistant, Brian C. Morris, Solo, and 5 teen artist assistants.


BochincheVINTAGE VOYAGES AND ATOMIC MEMORIESUntitled (Ponce Study)Untitled (Macramé Scuplture)Gild the Lily (Decadence Upon Decadence)

Ace of Fades

http://www.carlosrolondzine.com/work/mandala-dot-shift/           http://www.carlosrolondzine.com/work/maharishi-2/
 Time is the Enemy.. By Carlos Dzine Rolos.. 2009 /Venetian glass, marble and stone mosaic..
Location: CTA Station: Sedgwick [Brown Line]
Carlos Rolón/Dzine · Selected Work · Exhibitions · Publications · Press … Chicago ‎Bio
Images for carlos rolon dzineReport images
Dzine: An Interview with Carlos Rolon – artnet News
Carlos Rolon, also known as Dzine, recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award for Painting …”I tell you this Sincerely” www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/dzine.html
Carlos Rolon (aka Dzine) on Making Art Inspired by the Blue-Collar …
Carlos Rolon/Dzine Prints | Lococo Fine Art Publisher
DzineCarlos Rolón and Olivia Gude, Summer 1993  Aren’t I a Womyn? https://naea.digication.com/omg/Aren_t_I_a_Womyn_coming

Bibiana Suárez

Y Tu abuela a’onde ehtá/ What Color is Your Grandmother?
1991. pastel on paper.  84 x 60 in.
  • Artist Profile: Bibiana Suarez and Memoria » GozamosArtist Profile: Bibiana Suarez and Memoria » Gozamos

Bibiana Suárez.  http://www.bibianasuárez.com/bio
Bibiana Suárez papers   https://latinostudies.nd.edu/assets/134283/bibianasuarezpapers.pdf

Memoria(Memory).  http://www.bibianasuárez.com/memoria-memory-artist-statement http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/bibiana-suárez-emmemoria-memoryem 

Cecilia Puerto.  Latin American Women Artists, Kahlo and Look who Else. https://books.google.com.pr/books?id=1vsOMopLwp0C&pg=PA181&lpg=PA181&dq=Bibiana+Suárez&source=bl&ots=EUikxSgYHH&sig=358QSZr2WpGX3K9MSXFa9654zbE&hl=es-419&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQ8_3UqsvMAhXJ7R4KHRVHDBQQ6AEIZDAM#v=onepage&q=Bibiana%20Suárez&f=false [Artist’s Statement by Bibiana Suárez re: Identity and Exile].  ID: 1064462.  

 ICAA RECORD http://icaadocs.mfah.org/icaadocs/THEARCHIVE/FullRecord/tabid/88/doc/1064462/language/en-US/Default.aspx
[Artist’s Statement for Proposed Exhibition, ‘In Search of an Island’, April 1991] / Bibiana Suárez.http://icaadocs.mfah.org/icaadocs/THEARCHIVE/FullRecord/tabid/88/doc/1064446/language/en-US/Default.aspx
Lecture, DePaul University, Chicago ] / Bibiana Suárez


Lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago] / Bibiana M. Suarez
[Personal statement, Art Institute of Chicago’s Betty Rymer Gallery] / Bibiana Suárez
Transnational identitites : cultura en proceso / Bibiana Suárez.  Chicago : DePaul Art Gallery, 1995.

Images for Bibiana (not all are of her and her art)  Suárez.https://www.google.com.pr/search?q=bibiana+suárez+artist&biw=1675&bih=818&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMh-K-rsvMAhUJ1B4KHfB6AjkQsAQIMg
Victor M. Cassidy. seven latino artists and the narrative tradition.   www.artnet.com/magazine_pre2000/reviews/cassidy/cassidy5-20-98.asp


Benjamin Varela

(in Chicago, 1990s)
New exhibit showcases artwork of Benjamin P. Varela. www.news.southtexascollege.edu/?p=3130i

F. Visting and/or Exhibiting Artists (1990s)

1. Interviewed (interviews possibly available on request from mzimmerman@uh.edu)

Elizam Escobar on Chicago exhibitions:
Art as an Act of Liberation, was exhibited in the following galleries:[3]

– The Axe Street Arena
– Galeria Kalpulli
– Polvo
– Casa de Arte y Cultura/Calles y Sueños,
– Rafael Cintrón-Ortiz Cultural Center

Elizam Escobar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bertha Husband.  The Universal Prison .www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-universal-prison/Content?oid=881705
Elizam Escobar – polvo
Mari Mari Narváez.  Elizam Escobar: Instrospectiva simbólica.  www.80grados.net/instrospectiva-simbolica/
Repeating Islands News and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts.  https://repeatingislands.com/2013/08/23/art-exhibition-elizam-escobar-instrospectiva-simbolica/
See Defending Their Own in the Cold: The Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans.  Chapter 2.


Axe Street Arena Records
[See brief video of the artist interviewed by Primera Hora athttp://www.primerahora.com/estilos-de-vida/cultura/nota/elizamescobarrepasasutrayectoria-video-947761/] For full articles (in Spanish), seehttp://www.elnuevodia.com/elarteesunarespuestaalamuerte-1577777.html and  http://www.primerahora.com/estilos-de-vida/cultura/nota/elizamescobarrepasasutrayectoria-video-947761/

Antonio Martorell

(Chicago Connections Interview, MZ and Esther Soler 2013).


Antonio Martorell – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Antonio Martorell: The Gypsy Muse (January 18 – March 22, 2013).  nmprac.org/visit/past-exhibitions/
Antonio Martorell: “Gestures” (June 2011 – June 2012) An Exhibition of Woodcut Prints.
Become a Sponsor of Antonio Martorell | National Museum of Puerto …
Review: Antonio Martorell/Institute of Puerto Rican Arts … – Newcity Art
Martorell in Chicago – YouTube
Un Año de Martorell en Chicago – National Museum of Puerto Rican …
IMAGENES fOR Antonio Martorell chicago
Gestuario 1 “Un Año de Martorell en Chicago” | Facebook

2. Others not interviewed.

Luis Germán Cajiga
Wilfredo Cruz. Puerto Rican Chicago.   Harold Washington w/ Luis Germán Cajiga Exhibit Caballeros de San Juan 1986.

Jaime Carerro.
From ‘Insilio’ to Chicago | National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts …
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) by Viviana Reyes …
IPRAC Opens New Exhibit – Jaime Carrero’s “From ‘Insilio’ to Chicago …

Bobby Cruz.
MATERIAL @ National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture 3015 West Division Street Opening Thursday, May 5th, from 6PM – 9PM On view through Wednesday, November 30th « » MATERIAL: Expanded Painting at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.  www.thevisualist.org/2016/05/material-2/

Samuel Lind
Samuel Lind desde Puerto Rico.www.boricuaafricanos.blogspot.com/2008/08/samuel-lind-desde-puerto-rico.html
Samuel Lind – Artwork for Sale – Loiza – Puerto Rico – Fine Art America
www.fineartamerica.com › Artists › Samuel Lind › Images

Catherine Matos Olivo
Obituary for Catherine Matos Olivo.www.singletonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Catherine-Olivo/#!/Obituary
Catherine Matos Olivo.  https://catimatos.wordpress.com
Carla Acevedo on Catherine Matos OlivoCatherine Matos Olivo: The Exploration of Self
Catherine Matos Olivo.  Galactic Visions www.nmprac.org/2011/09/hola-mundo-2/
INTRAGALÁCTICA Y DESARMADA: ENFRENTAR(SE) A GALACTIC VISION DE CATHERINE MATOS.  www.visiondoble.net/2013/11/15/intragalactica-y-desarmada-enfrentarse-galactic-vision-de-catherine-matos/

Juan Sánchez
Juan Sanchez (artist) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s Feb 11–Jun 3, 2012.
Juan Sánchez  www.gallery400.uic.edu/events/juan-sánchez
Juan Sanchez.  www.mapr.org/en/museum/proa/artist/sanchez-juan
Assembling Juan Sánchez: Profile of the Artist | CentroVoices
The Puerto Rican equation: art as plebiscite for survival, struggle and sovereignty.

Jonathan Torres
Jonathan Torres material.www.nmprac.org/2016/04/material/
UndergroundUp – Ep9 – Jonathan Torres.  https://vimeo.com/115608779

G. New Wave: (those emerging/developing after 2000)

1. Articles

Lori Waxman.  Good looking: A survey of contemporary Latino art www.chicagotribune.com/ct-present-standard-review-ent-0225-20160223-column.htm

2. Puerto Rican Artists emerging after 2000

Puerto Rican Artist Communities

Puerto Rican Artist Communities

Miguel Aguilar
SAIC Alumni Profile, Miguel Aguilar (MA 2011)





CV — Candida Alvarez


  • Puerto Rican Artist Communities : Chicago Art Magazine
                                                      Howlings - Soft Paintings, 2017, Latex in on PVC mesh, 200 ft wide, spread over 4 panels x 14-17 ft tall, Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Chicago IL. Temporary Installation until December 2017

      Howlings – Soft Paintings, 2017, Latex in on PVC mesh, 200 ft wide, spread over 4 panels x 14-17 ft tall, Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Chicago IL. Temporary Installation until December 2017


Personal Webstie.  www.candidaÁlvarez.com

Mayor Emanuel welcomes ‘Howlings — Soft Paintings‘ by Candida Alvarez just installed on the Chicago Riverwalk as a part of the city’s year of public art …

2017 Candida Alvarez: Here, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. 2012-13 mambomountain, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. 2012 drawinggreen …

Career · ‎Exhibitions · ‎Selected group exhibitions

City of Chicago :: Candida Alvarez: Here


Mayor Emanuel welcomes ‘Howlings — Soft Paintings‘ by Candida Alvareaz just installed on the Chicago Riverwalk as a part of the city’s year of public art …



CV — Candida Alvarez    




Guest curated by Terry Myers, this first major institutional exhibition of the work of Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez will focus on the artist’s painting from …

SAIC – Candida Alvarez – School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Works by artist Candida Alvarez make an … – Chicago Reader

An SAIC professor's paintings have become “vibrant camouflage” at Paris Fashion Week.

Posted by Chicago Reader on Friday, April 28, 2017

Images for Candida Álvarez chicago artist

(not all hers)

City of Chicago : Candida Alvarez: Here


Guest curated by Terry Myers, this first major institutional exhibition of the work of Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez will focus on the artist’s painting from …

SAIC – Candida Alvarez – School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Janice Aponte

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Janice Aponte.  ArtSlant Worldwide www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/235492-janice-aponte
Janice Aponte – Artwork for Sale – Chicago, IL – United States
www.theotherandone.comHéctor Arce

Hector Arce-Espasa

Héctor Arce-Espasas.  www.evelynyard.com/artists/hector-arce-espasas/
Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: Josué Pellot & Hector Arce-Espasas.
www.dawire.com/2011                         /09/08/nothing-is-true-everything-is-permitted-josue-pellot-hector-arce-espasas/
hector arce-espasas-Education & Exhibitions. www.re-title.com/artists/cv/Hectorarce-Espasas.asp

Mara Ayala

Exhibitions – Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Cute Girls, Heavy Metal, Sports and Hope.  www.e-flux.com/announcements/cute-girls-heavy-metal-sports-and-hope/

Miguel Cajigas


Bobby Cruz

MATERIAL @ National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture 3015 West Division Street Opening Thursday, May 5th, from 6PM – 9PM On view through Wednesday, November 30th « » MATERIAL: Expanded Painting at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.  www.thevisualist.org/2016/05/material

Noelia Cruz

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Artist Performance Videos Art Portfolio. 
Noelia Cruz on Vimeo.  https://vimeo.com/noeliacruz

Lizette Cruz

EDITORIAL – Que Ondee Sola http://queondeesola.org/editorial-2/


    Nereida Cuca Cartagena

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Elgin, IL-based Carribean folk artist, art gallery, sculptures, jewelry. 
Images for Cuca chicago artist.  https://www.google.com/#q=Cuca+chicago+artist

Edgar El Pintor

xEdgar El Pintor's Profile Photo


Elizabeth Erazo Baez

Baez Fine Art.www.baezfineart.com
HispanicSurf.com Arts & Crafts
Puerto Rican Art – “A Mother’s Love” by Puerto Rican Artist Elizabeth Erazo Baez http://www.baezfineart.com

Christine Flores-Cozza

Christine Flores-Cozza & The Real Insomniacs.  https://www.reverbnation.com/christineflorescozza
Christine Flores-Cozza.  https://books.google.com.pr/books?id=Zfcvu3FIokoC&pg=PT313&lpg=PT313&dq=Christine+Flores-Cozza+chicago+artist&source=bl&ots=Xy5ZK4Nqp6&sig=lqlEbYceDJCXU2tauz64ZcNvzwM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwidoPnXiNfMAhWFJB4KHeSmC60Q6AEILDAE#v=onepage&q=Christine%20Flores-Cozza%20chicago%20artist&f=false

Rafael Franco Steeves

Rafael Franco-Steeves – Facebook
Rafael Franco Steeves. www.sjnnchicago.medill.northwestern.edu/blog/team/rafael-franco-steeves/
Rafael Franco-Steeves Performs at the Ceyx Series December 5, 2011.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0HsNMtkZFE

Reynaldo “Guaracibo” Rodriguez

Website: http://guaracibo.webs.com/reyreyartgallery.htm
Acereco Yuba / Reynaldo”GuAracibo”Rodriguez.www.guaracibo.webs.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QBaukP3NLM
2013-EXPRESION DE BARRIO (Announcement).https://www.behance.net/gallery/6425881/2013-EXPRESION-DE-BARRIO-(Announcement)
Images for Reynaldo “Guaracibo” Rodriguez.

Mia Isabella.  Transexual Porn star with SAIC art training
Mia Isabella | LinkedIn
Beyond the Tyga Sex Scandal: The Real Life of Trans Porn Star Mia …https://broadly.vice.com/…/article/beyond-the-tyga-sex-scandal-th
Chicago Exxtasy Trade Show 2010 with Mia Isabella – YouTube

Sam Kirk.  Mexi-rican artist, more identified with Mexican than Puerto Rican Chicago artists (see Component II)

José Lerma

                       Featured images

José Lerma. www.kavigupta.com/artist/joslerma
José Lerma Workswww.kavigupta.com/artist/joslerma
José Lerma European Mixed MastersMay 7 – June 14, 2014 www.andrearosengallery.com/exhibitions/jos-lerma_2014-05-07
Imagenes. José Lerma  chicago artist (not all his or him)

Hector Madera

Roberto Marquez-Jorge

Amara Betty Martin

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Rebel Betty Arte – Facebook
Amara Betty Martin Visual Artist
About The Artist | The Art of Amara Betty Martin
The Art of Amara Betty Martin – WordPress.com

 Benjamin Mercado

Puerto Rican Painter, Benjamin Mercado Artist.   www.zoominfo.com/p/Benjamin-Mercado/1045920991
HOMECOMING – THAT’S PUERTO RICANhttps://www.chicagoculturalalliance.org/events/homecoming-thats-puerto-rican/
Cool Chicago Buildings.  Benjamin Mercado https://www.pinterest.com/donben/cool-chicago-buildings/

Ramón Miranda Beltrán

Ramón Miranda Beltrán.www.ramonmirandabeltran.com/index.php?/about/cv/
Ramon Miranda Beltran www.artnet.com/artists/ramon-miranda-beltran/biography
IPRAC presents “Lo Que Trajo el Barco”http://nmprac.org/2011/03/“a-salute-martorell”/
“Somos polvo”.http://www.caam.net/es/expos_int.php?n=153

Evette Morales/ Yvette Morales


Leo Negrón
Handicrafts bio www.interarteonline.com/leo_negron.htm

Nora Maite Nieves

“Pieces From Home” 2010

NORA MAITÉ NIEVES- VISUAL ART: DISPLACEMENT.  “Pieces From Home” 2010 “Pieces From Home” 2010  www.highconceptlaboratories.org/nora-maite-nieves/

Yolanda Nieves

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Ángel Otero

Angel Otero – 25 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy
Kavi Gupta Gallery : Angel Oterohttp://kavigupta.com/artist/angelotero/cv
Biography of Angel Otero – Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Angel Otero – Reviews – Art in America
David Achenbach Projects | ANGEL OTERO
Angel Otero, Recent Paintings, Union League Club of ChicagoChicago, Illinois. 2006.
MCA – MCA Talk: Michelle Grabner + Angel Otero, On Painting
Angel Otero Artwork‎www.paddle8.com/

Star Padilla

Worked on several murals with Gamaliel Ramirez before he left Chicago, and then established her own career.

Star Padilla, Freedom To Ride Mural

Says Roxanne Samer,  “Puerto Rican Artist Communities”

“Best of Chicago Art Magazine” series. Originally appeared on the site 9/01/2010

Worked on several murals with Gamaliel Ramirez, and then established her own career.

Star Padilla is a Chicago-born teacher, artist, painter, muralist, and children’s book illustrator. She spends a majority of her time as a freelance mural painting instructor, and has been working with students in Chicago’s public and private schools for fifteen years. In the last year alone, she has lead the painting of murals in Englewood, Cabrini Green, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Old Irving Park and Evanston. And she loves the work: “I love working with youth and teaching them that art is more than a hobby or a talent, to the committed personality it’s a way of life.  But I also teach kids that art is a wonderful way to express oneself no matter what’s going on in their lives.” She recently completed a mural on the Paseo Boricua at 2459 W. Division on the back wall of the West Town Bike Shop. ..

Josue Pellot

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Website: http://www.josuepellot.com/zgrnld545an3w55x0vkts6iuxur5zz
JOSUE PELLOT website.  www.josuepellot.com/about-ba/
Josué Pellot 1979, PR www.artfacts.net/en/artist/josu-pellot-109983/profile.html
Josué Pellot.  www.vane.org.uk/artists/josue-pellot
Josue Pellot https://www.everipedia.com/pellot1/
Pellot Gonzalez Rios.  www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/empellot-gonzalez-riosem
Josue Pellot at the Chicago Cultural Center. www.dawire.com/2009/10/24/chicago-josue-pellot-new-work-at-the-chicago-cultural-center/
Josué Pellot en el Chicago Cultural Center
Josue PellotToolsAdd to favoritesAdd to Custom ListAdd a Comment (7)Blogs, Bleader, Mar 30, 2011Video I Am the Queen www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?tag=Josue%20Pellot
Morning Art: Josue Pellot Posted By Julia Thiel on 12.02.09 at 08:23
Lounge: A Space In Decomposition https://www.behance.net/gallery/29779761/Lounge-A-Space-In-Decomposition
Josué Pellot ArtNexus #79 – Arte en Colombia #125Dic – Feb 2011 https://www.artnexus.com/Notice_View.aspx?DocumentID=22367&lan=es&x=1
Miguel Jimenez.  CAC’s Chicago Artist To Watch: Josue Pellot.  www.chicagoarts-lifestyle.com/cacs-chicago-artist-to-watch-josue-pellot/
Josué Pellot: Colonialism and the Politics of Cultural Consumption.  www.dawire.com/2009/08/18/josue-pellot-colonialism-and-the-politics-of-cultural-consumption/
IPRAC presents “Lo Que Trajo el Barco”http://nmprac.org/2011/03/“a-salute-martorell”/

Erik Pérez
Erik Perez | Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ehasskills?hc_location=ufi –
DO YOU KNOW ERIK?  https://www.facebook.com/ehasskills?hc_location=ufi
Erik Perez, Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL – Coroflot

Moses Pérez
HomeComing – “That’s Puerto Rican” | National Museum of Puerto …
I Am Logan Square

Patricia Pérez

Jessie Rivera

Reynaldo “Guaracibo” Rodriguez

 La Hija de Ochum

Says Roxanne Samer.  (http://chicagoartmagazine.com/2010/12/puerto-rican-artist-communities/

Rodriguez is a self-trained artist, who has a passion for color pencil drawing, acrylic paint on canvas, mixed-media work and murals. His artwork takes his family and Puerto Rican heritage as the central motif if representation. He says of his pieces, “They are the results of my aesthetic and intellectual development, and belong to different stages and states of mind. They are my reflections, my creations. I always paint for myself and for anyone who may enjoy what I paint. All the projects that I work on, they have to relate to me.” In scrolling through images of his work online this becomes apparent. All are of incredibly intimate subject matter—his wife, seated with a peacock on her shoulder in front of a full moon, a man in chains kissing the belly of a pregnant woman, a middle-aged man daydreaming about palm trees and waterfalls, a couple dancing on a beach—and though most appear to be in the present day a good number recall Puerto Rico’s history: indigenous populations, the Conquistadors, slavery. Rodriguez, thus, melds his personal present with his collective past, making images that are at once both insular and relatable.

Luis Rodríguez Rosario

CV – www.cargocollective.com/luisrr/CV

Manuel Rodríguez
Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado: Selvanáutica: THE SUB-MISSION: Jan 9 – Feb 28, 2015
Manuel Rodríguez – Castro Barreto Collection
Manuel Rodríguez & Roland Miller, Canaveral Blues Closing Reception
THE SUB-MISSION: Artist Talk with Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado
Manuel Rodriguez | Chicago Contemporary Art Seminar
Review: Kendall Babl and Manuel Rodriguez … – Newcity Art

Alba Margarita Romero

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Francisco Rosado

Francisco Rosado, Chicagolicious

Says Roxane Samer (http://Roxanne Samer. chicagoartmagazine.com/2010/12/puerto-rican-artist-communities/)

Francisco Rosadocame from Puerto Rico to visit an old friend living in Chicago eight years ago. That friend is now his wife and the mother of his children. Rosado had began his work as a visual artist designing posters in the 90s for his punk bands Recazo Social and Lopodrido, and his most recent work continues to demonstrate an interest in punk music philosophies and graphic design.  He says, “I’m an internationalist by principle, but growing up in the Puerto Rican status quo certainly influenced my world view. The most notable are the quest for freedom, the need for inclusion, the importance of coexistence and the solidarity spirit I learned in Puerto Rico inform my work more conceptually than with the representation of a reduced specific subject matter.” He was part of the conceptualization process, as well as one of the chosen artists to participate in the School Engagement Initiative, which places community artists at local schools towards the creation of integrated arts curriculum-based projects that address the learning needs of students as well as issues of community development. He did so, feeling that as a product of the public education system in Puerto Rico with limited exposure to art, he could relate to Chicago’s inner city youth, who face a similar situation

Denise Ruíz
Accessories That Invoke Our History | La Respuesta
The Mis-Education of Denise Ruíz | La Respuesta
Listen to our stories… | The Mis-Education of Denise Ruiz – 2nd Story

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz.
Artwork by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz – Guggenheim
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Otros Usos: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz | Gene Siskel Film Center
www.siskelfilmcenter.org/otrosusos; https://www.facebook.com/events/798239790319523
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Artist) in San Juan (Puerto Rico) from re-title …www.re-title.com/artists/BeatrizSantiagoMunoz.asp
Olivia Gude, Marcus Akinlana, and Beatriz Santiago Munoz. Innovators & Elders:Painting in the Streets https://naea.digication.com/omg/Article_Painting_on_the_Street

Chris Silva


3Arts | Chris Silvahttp://www.3arts.org/artist/chris-silva/
Interviews CHRIS SILVA.www.fatcap.com/article/christopher-tavarez-silva.html
Person website.  http://chrissilva.com/
Chris Silva.  www.indigits.net/a8/chris-silva/

Edra Soto

Says Roxanne Samer:


Edra Soto, The Chacon-Soto Show

Edra Soto moved to Chicago from San Juan ten years ago to get her MFA in painting at SAIC. She is interested in creating and promoting non-commercial art and often utilizes a wide-range of materials in her complex installation pieces. Two years ago, she began exploring explicit media images of Latinas. Her work in this area addresses the concern that the sexual agency of Latinas in visual culture has barely progressed and possibly even regressed in the last forty years. In her 12×12 piece at the Museum of Contemporary Art [2010] … , The Chacon-Soto Show, she honed in on Iris Chacon, a pioneer of the vendetta movement in Puerto Rico in the 1970s and pop culture icon, in order to question the fascination of Latinas with self-exposure and examine the way in which Latino culture is portrayed in the mainstream.

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    DominoDomino, 2014

    Domino table with four stools, inlaid corian on jatoba wood

    30 x 30 x 30 in (76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm)

    Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan

    DominoDomino, 2014

    Domino table with four stools, inlaid corian on jatoba wood

    30 x 30 x 30 in (76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm)

    Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan

    Tropicalamericana: PR, 2014

    Inkjet print over Arches paper

    Edition of 2

    65 x 37 in (165.1 x 93.98 cm)

    Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan

    Tropicalamericana: US2, 2014

    Inkjet print over Arches paper

    Edition of 2

    65 x 37 in (165.1 x 93.98 cm)

    Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan

    Tropicalamericana: US3, 2014

    Inkjet print over Arches paper

    Edition of 2

    65 x 37 in (165.1 x 93.98 cm)

SAIC – Edra Soto – School of the Art Institute of Chicago.www.saic.edu/profiles/faculty/edrasoto/
Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan.  www.morganlehmangallery.com/artists/edra-soto-and-dan-sullivan
Artist Edra Soto shares her story and talks about the “Present Standard” exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.   www.theartistnextlevel.com/edra_soto/

Martin Soto
Who is Martin Soto?  Bomba Negra Series: Venus and JupiterBomba Negra Series: Venus and Jupiter.  https://www.facebook.com/events/388081971212778/
WW interviews Puerto Rican muralist.www.workers.org/2006/us/muralist-0629/
Video Portrait: Martin Soto (Artist)  https://vimeo.com/93179225

Brenda Torres

Say Roxane Samer (http://Roxanne Samer. chicagoartmagazine.com/2010/12/puerto-rican-artist-communities/):

Brenda Torres is a SAIC-educated performance artist, who has been working between Puerto Rico and Chicago as an artist, curator and educator for the last ten years. She has taught at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School since 2008 and in recent years has achieved notoriety for being the youngest contemporary art curator working at a museum in Puerto Rico. She sees all of this work, however, as part of her greater body of performance art. “I use ‘performance art’ as the contrivance that encloses my entire body of work,” she says. “I use performance art as a model in my curatorial practice which pays close attention to those works that explore human behavior. As a result, my educational approach involves finding meaningful tools and resources to challenge the social predicaments that historically had been in charge of marginalizing people in society.” She has been actively involved with Chicago’s Puerto Rican arts community in myriad ways, including the creation of murals with ex-political prisoners, performance workshops for the peers at Vida/SIDA, community lectures with IPRAC, exhibitions at local galleries, and the organization of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Haunted Paseo Boricua. She does so, because she genuinely believes she can help the community grow through her artwork, programming and education.

Brenda Torres, Figueroa La Femme Qui N’Existe Pas

Brenda Torres-Figueroa.  www.el-status.com/artists/brenda_torres_cv07.pdf
Brenda Torres-Figueroa.  www.thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/post/127651086005/city-as-studio-connectionbomba-con-buya-live

Edgar Torres
Monumento Jibaro Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Edgar Torres | Fine …

Sebastán Vallejo
Sebastian Vallejo.  www.sebastianvallejo.com/our-story/
Sebastian Vallejo. www.momaps1.org/studio-visit/artist/sebastian-vallejo-0
Millie Vazquez.   PRESS RELEASE – Waukegan Park District

Yolanda Velásquez

Omar Velázquez.
Omar Velázquez.ARTIST CV
Omar Velázquez Isabel, PR, 1984. Biography Details. www.mapr.org/en/museum/proa/artist/velazquez-omar
THE URBAN VISION OF OMAR VELAZQUEZ  https://puertoricoartreview.com/2014/04/17/the-urban-vision-of-omar-velazquez/
OMAR VELAZQUEZ – ME & THE DEVIL BLUES  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.405144593016484.1073741844.246447582219520&type=3

Pedro Vélez

Biography.  www.aptglobal.org/en/Artists/Page/2297/Pedro-Velez
BORN 1973 IN BAYAMÓN, PUERTO RICO LIVES AND WORKS IN CHICAGO, IL, AND MILWAUKEE, WI.  www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial/PedroVelez
pedro velez chicago Puerto Rican artist images buscar con google
Articles by Velez in Artnet: http://art.newcity.com/?s=pedro+velez; http://art.newcity.com/page/2/?s=pedro+velez;
Pedro Vélez on the problem with Chicago – artnet Magazine
Recent Biog.: http://www.artspace.com/pedro-velez
Sample Tweet (2015): https://twitter.com/PDRVelez/status/726896206245335041?lang=es

John Vergara
Kim Bellware | November 29, 2012.  Historic Murals Depicting Neighborhood’s Puerto Rican Past to Be Restored.https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121129/humboldt-park/historic-murals-depicting-neighborhoods-puerto-rican-past-be-restored  orhttps://www.google.com.pr/?gws_rd=cr&ei=yCkxV970MoS9efuXntgI#q=chicago+puerto+rican+sculptor++John+Vergara
The Restoration of La Crucifixion De Don Pedro.http://lavoz-prcc.org/www.lavoz-prcc.org/2010/10/the-restoration-of-la-crucifixion-de-don-pedro/

 H. Non-Puerto Rican Artists’ Contributiing to Chicago Boricua Scene

Felecitas Nuñez  (CLAS interview possibly available with mzimmerman@uh.edu)
Jose Cha Cha Jimenez. Young Lords in Lincoln Park.  Felícitas Nuñez interview and trancript.
(2 houir plus video interview including an extended discussion of the Young Lords Armitage Street Mural.  1969.

 John Weber(CLAS interviews possibly available with mzimmerman@uh.edu, plus images of his Latin@-related mural work)
“Breaking the Chains” by John P. Weber and residents (1971) Restoration (2013) by Weber, Vergara and Lanza
Record Thumbnail Latin American Defense Organization (Chicago, Ill.) Rompiendo las cadenas nace la esperanza: Dedicacion del mural / Latin American Defense Organization Chicago, IL : LADO (Latin American Defense Organization), 1971 [8] p. : ill. ICAA RECORD ID: 840855

John Pitman Weber.Puerto Rican themed murals.

Jeff Huebner. Back to the Walls Public art advocates rally to save the last remnants of the famous “Mural Revolution.”  www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/back-to-the-walls/Content?oid=906406

José Guerrero (interview possibly available with mzimmerman@uh.edu)
Jose Guerrero, Printmaker, Muralist, Worker – El BeiSMan
Wilfredo Cruz on Guerrero/Oscar Martinez, Smash Plan 21.

Olivia Gude.

  1. Excerpt from the report to Chicago Public Art Group: SPRAY PAINT AND MURAL COLLABORATION OF DZINE(CARLOS ROLON) AND OLIVIA GUDE, Summer.   ..https://naea.digication.com/omg/How_to_Build_a_Brighter_Future-coming

    https://naea.digication.com/omg/Still_Deferred_Still_Dreaming     Excerpt from the report to Chicago Public Art Group: SPRAY PAINT AND MURAL COLLABORATION OF DZINE(CARLOS ROLON) AND OLIVIA GUDE, Summer …

    https://naea.digication.com/omg/Aren_t_I_a_Womyn_coming    Excerpt from the report to Chicago Public Art Group: SPRAY PAINT AND MURAL COLLABORATION OF DZINE(CARLOS ROLON) AND OLIVIA GUDE, Summer …

Héctor Duarte. (CMAP interview possibly available with mzimmerman@uh.edu)
Jeff Huebner.  Two more Puerto Rican murals preserve cultural ties and record history.www.oururbantimes.com/arts/two-more-puerto-rican-murals-preserve-cultural-ties-and-record-history
Kim Bellware. Historic Murals Depicting Neighborhood’s Puerto Rican Past to Be Restored.https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121129/humboldt-park/historic-murals-depicting-neighborhoods-puerto-rican-past-be-restored
Hector Duarte mural Latino Student cultural center uic.