Félix Rodríguez Báez, a bulwark of the 50s Generation in Puerto Rico


In “Olvidado el maestro Félix Rodríguez Báez un baluarte de la generación del 50,” Edwin Velázquez Collazo (Puerto Rico Art News) renders tribute to Puerto Rican artist Félix Rodríguez Báez (1929-2013), calling for a major retrospective of his work.

Today, I am going to speak about the person who was my professor at the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts [Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico], a friend and neighbor of Old San Juan. I mean, Don Félix Rodríguez Báez—Felor—(1929-2013), one of the significant artists in the Puerto Rican art of the 50s Generation [a group of artists in Puerto Rico known as “la Generación de los 50]. Born in Cayey on April 26, 1929, this top exponent of our art world excelled as a caricaturist, draftsman, graphic designer, and set designer in the 60s and 70s for the former WKBM TV / Channel 11 (Telecadena Pérez), as well as an illustrator, teacher, and painter.

An integral artist of the 50s Generation and of the Division of Education to the Community (DIVEDCO) of which he was a pillar along with Luis Maisonet, José Antonio Torres Martinó, Rafael Tufiño Figueroa, Jack Delano, and Óscar Torres, among others. In 1950, with Lorenzo Homar, Torres Martinó, and Rafael Tufiño, he founded the Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño [Puerto Rican Art Center].

Don Félix studied art with Hipólito Hidalgo, Nino Sparacino, Ángel Botello, Federico Enjuto, Luisina Ordónez, and Edna Coll. In the 70s, he painted public murals and, in the 80s, drew caricatures in his defense of culture. In the 80s he was also professor and director of the School of Visual Arts of Puerto Rico, and he directed the Division of Visual Arts of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in 1988.

His work was characterized by a realism that reflected the social condition of the urban communities of San Juan. He also composed portraits, landscapes and profound work on national politics. [. . ]

Excerpts translated by Ivette Romero. For full article (in Spanish), see https://www.puertoricoartnews.com/2019/03/olvidado-el-maestro-felix-rodriguez.html

[Image above: “El Ranchón,” 1954; Colección Museo de Arte de Ponce.]


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