Puerto Rico - Programa de Navidad (Christmas Program) - 1977 - Singer Playing a Güiro
José Meléndez Contreras
DISPLAYING: 11" x 14" Fine Art Print
Painter and graphic artist. He studied painting with Luisina Ordonez, Christopher Ruiz and Walter Dehner, at the University of Puerto Rico. He was awarded by the Government of Puerto Rico entered the Cincinnati Art Academy, where he was disciple of Louis Bouché and artists Josef Albers. His stay in Cincinnati it close to abstract expressionism predominant in American art of the time. Upon his return to Puerto Rico in 1952, he entered the workshop graph of the Education Division to the Community as a designer of books and posters. It was part of the leading group of Puerto Rican artists of the fifties, who developed the technique of engraving and sign your best. Along with Rafael Tufino created one of the first graphics-based portfolios Puerto Rican literature. His paintings show a particular emphasis on form, the artist reduced to patterns of lines and colors. His use of geometry to synthesize forms reflects the influence of the modernist movements such as Cubism, Surrealism and abstraction.