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Rosado del Valle, Julio

Mari Carmen Ramírez

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Cataño, nr San Juan, 1922).

Puerto Rican painter, draughtsman and sculptor. He trained initially in Puerto Rico under the Spanish painter Cristóbal Ruiz and after moving to New York in 1946 continued his studies at the New School for Social Research under Mario Carreño and Camilo Egas. From 1947 to 1949 he studied in Florence and travelled extensively throughout Europe, and on his return to Puerto Rico in 1949 he joined the Division of Community Education as an illustrator and poster designer. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957 and served as artist-in-residence at the Universidad de Puerto Rico from 1954 to 1982.

Rosado del Valle was one of the first Puerto Rican artists to achieve international recognition. His figurative paintings and drawings of the 1950s, influenced by Picasso and Rufino Tamayo, were characterized by broken planes and colouristic luminosity. In the 1960s he produced richly textured, subtly coloured abstract pictures before returning in the 1970s to figurative subject-matter of a different kind: while maintaining his concern for refined colour, rich impastos and surface textures and rhythms he took inspiration from natural organic forms, especially from insects and snails. Working in a wide range of media and styles, including an expressive realism, organic abstraction and figuration, from the early 1980s he focused his attention on his own psychology with expressionist self-portraits playing a prominent role....

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Subjects: Painting ; Sculpture and Carving ; Latin American and Caribbean Art ; 20th-Century Art

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