“Carnaval de Santiago, study", 1985. Gouache. Private collection.

“Carnaval de Santiago, study", 1985. Gouache. Private collection.

 
 

Artist's Statement

The investigative process I undertake through art is not only one of the technique I need to convey my content, but a personal delving into my own cultural roots. As a young artist, I discovered my native Dominican Republic, as a subject, and the fantasy of the carnival. This cultural exploration and self examination continues today.

My family emigrated to the United States in 1963, when I was 10 years old. We took up residence in New York and I have lived in the area most of my life. While still in High School, I discovered my interest in art and have never looked back. I went to the University of Pennsylvania to study with influential teachers such as Neil Welliver, Rackstraw Downes and Yvonne Jacquette. The experience I had there broadened my horizons, gave me greater confidence and cemented the course I had begun.

My work was exhibited in a “Special Projects” room at P. S. 1, in 1986, and is included in the collections of El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art’s Study Collection, as part of an artists’ collective “We’re all in the Same Boat,” The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and numerous private collections.