Rafael Ferrer

Born in 1933, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lives in Greenport, NY

Rafael Ferrer depicts the intense life of the Caribbean in his paintings and prints. With hot colors, deep shadows and mysterious relationships among his figures, Ferrer traces a line between European art and the tropics. In his recent work, Ferrer has returned to earlier influences using words, political and personal images to make collage-like works.

Ferrer’s three new lithographs are Jingo, Why and Full. In Jingo, the artist inserts his hand into a complicated landscape of disparate imagery. This colorful hand drawn print is a mélange of Ferrer’s political, personal and historical world. Why and Full are black and white lithographs densely drawn in a traditional technique with which the artist presents his strong view of art, artists and politics.

Rafael Ferrer is represented in many public collections including The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Denver Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

“RETRO/ACTIVE: The Work of Rafael Ferrer” was shown at El Museo del Barrio New York in 2010.

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