The Renwick Gallery will be closed to the public all day Wednesday, January 22.
- José Campeche was the most important painter of portraits and religious imagery in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Puerto Rico. He learned his skills from his father, a slave who purchased his freedom by carving altarpieces.
Felipe de la Espada lived with his family in the old town of San Germán, in the southwestern region of Puerto Rico. The creation of santos, colorful wooden images of saints and biblical stories used for prayer, was an important business there.
Nothing is known about the sculptor or group of sculptors known as Master of “La Merced.” The santos (carved wooden images of saints) in the Vidal collection attributed to this mysterious sculptor or school share a graceful form, dramatic gestures and poses, and compassionate facial expressions.<
Little is known about the artist Ramon Atiles-Perez, except that he was best known for painting portraits of Puerto Rican government officials.
Santeros were makers of santos, carved wooden images of saints used in prayers, and they were believed to be deeply mystical people inspired by God to carve their figures.
Genaro Rivera Aviles was the son of Francisco Rivera, a prominent santero on the island of Puerto Rico. Santeros were makers of santos, carved wooden images of saints used in prayers. Genaro and his father worked together in the mountainous region around Corozal.
Sculptor and installation artist, born in 1955 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1975, Osorio moved to the South Bronx in New York City, where he enrolled at Lehman College and earned a degree in sociology.
Gregorio Marzan worked as a boy in the sugarcane fields in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He learned carpentry and used his skills to make wooden frames for suitcases, which he sold for a living.