Art Exhibition: Fernando Pintado’s “Where the Blue of the Night. . .”

Fernando Pintado’s “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day” opens on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 7:00pm, at the new gallery Roberto Paradise. The gallery, founded and owned by Francisco Rovira Rullán, is located at 266 San Francisco Street (5th floor) in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pintado’s work will be on view until September 17.

Francisco Rovira Rullán, former owner of Galería Comercial in Santurce, recently opened Roberto Paradise in Old San Juan. The gallery opens by appointment and features artists such as Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Jorge González, Alana Iturralde, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, José Lerma, Jesus “Bubu” Negrón, Fernando Pintado, Chaveli Sifre, Jonathan Torres, and Rafael Vargas Bernard.

Critic Luis R. Trelles (El Nuevo Día) refers to Rovira Rullán as “a hyper-connected connoisseur in the international art world, a charismatic wanderer who decided that San Juan was the perfect place to open a gallery.”  Interviewed by Trelles, Rovira explains that the name “Roberto Paradise” is really “an alter ego, a fictional figure that represents what we aspire.” He says, “In Puerto Rico [we find] the appropriate elements. The art scene has seen a transition to maturity that was, for a long time, kept as a teenager.” With a long career that includes a previous incarnation as owner of Galería Comercial, Rovira has inserted himself into the map of contemporary art, having found his own maturity as a gallery owner.

Rovira’s idea to start out in Puerto Rico is part of his strategy: “We were seeking to connect with a network of critics and international collectors. Selecting artists is not a science, but rather an instinct. The important thing is to make sure that there is no prejudice against any medium.”

For more information on the gallery, you may call 787) 429-4887or write to

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