Puerto Rican artist Arnaldo Roche Rabell is showing his presently work in the exhibition “Arnaldo Roche Rabell: Volver a casa,” which opened on September 11 and will be on view until October 30, 2018, at the Arte@Plaza space at Plaza Las Américas, in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The exhibition, curated by Walter Otero, has several purposes: to bring the artist’s work to the general public, to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of this well-known shopping center, and fundraising for a worthy cause. Any funds from the sales of Roche Rabell’s paintings will go towards funding the School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico [Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico]. El Nuevo Día reports:
The public visiting the shopping center can enjoy several pieces of the painter that are part of his collections “Blue Series,” “Still Life,” and “Territory of the Soul,” in a space that has been turned into a gallery on the second level of the shopping center, close to the newly-installed Ricky Martin Foundation Pavilion.
Roche was the painter chosen to participate in the anniversary due to his long-standing relationship with Plaza Las Américas. At the beginning of his artistic career, it was there, in the now defunct Botello Gallery, where he exhibited several times. The president and CEO of the shopping center, Jaime Fonalledas, also keeps some of Roche’s pieces in his personal art collection. Fonalledas said, “Of all the artists who exhibited in Botello at the beginning of the 90s, the one who has achieved a more universal trajectory has been Arnaldo. I’ve known him since that time.” He also stressed that since its founding 50 years ago, Plaza has served as a support platform for the arts through exhibitions, fairs and the sale of pieces by local artists in the surrounding area.
Roche’s gallerist and representative, Walter Otero, said that when gallery owner Sylvia Villafañe contacted him to create an exhibition in the context of the 50 year anniversary of the shopping center, he decided to call it “Volver a casa” [coming back home] because “for Arnaldo, Plaza is also his home.”
Roche’s pieces will be for sale and part of the proceeds obtained will go to the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño [School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico]. This is what the painter—who has always been linked to the institution—wanted. Ileana Muñoz Landrón, dean of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, said, “I have to thank Arnaldo. He has always been an ally of the school.” The funds that the educational center will receive will be used for materials and infrastructure improvements, among other areas of need.
[Translated by Ivette Romero. For original articles (in Spanish), see https://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/cultura/nota/arnaldorocherabellpresentaunaexposicionenplazalasamericas-2443844/ and https://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/cultura/nota/rocherabellllegaaplazalasamericas-2446281/]