Art Exhibition: Ralph DeRomero’s “Encuentro”

Here is an item I missed earlier this semester—a retrospective exhibition honoring painter, sculptor, and printmaker Ralph DeRomero, ten years after his death. However, the exhibition—Encuentro [Encounter]—which opened on October 21, 2010, will be on view until January 24, 2011, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo—MAC) located at the Rafael M. de Labra Historical Building, Ponce de León Avenue in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

This retrospective, including painting, drawing, prints, and sculpture, was curated by professor and art critic Margarita Fernández Zavala. It traces DeRomero’s work from 1970 to 2000. Fernández Zavala says, “DeRomero is an artist in flight. His production is in constant regeneration; a centrifuge in itself. Ralph DeRomero eludes us; he hides, challenges, and deters anyone who wants to place him within any classification.”

Ralph DeRomero was born in 1946 in New York City. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, and with Félix Bonilla Norat, John Balossi, Osiris Delgado, and Carlos Marichal. When he graduated from the UPR, he returned to New York to study Advertising Design and Visual Communications at the Pratt Institute, which greatly influenced the first decade of his artistic creation. In the 70s, he returned to Puerto Rico, living in Jayuya, Ponce, and San Juan, where he won several awards and showed his work at numerous galleries and museums on the island. He also lived in and worked in Mexico and France. Internationally, he exhibited in Korea, Spain, Costa Rica, France, and Japan.

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