That is the question when guest curator Ben Ortiz unveils his next exhibit at City Lights. The show runs Sept. 22-Oct. 22.
Puerto Rico’s Antonio Martorell is among the features artists.
“¿QUIENESS SOMOS? Somas Artistas Visuales de los Americas” comes the answer.
The show includes artists from Connecticut, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Mexico: Antonio Martorell, Imna Arroyo, Ramon Vasquez Artiz, Pablo Garcia, Isolina Limonta, Paulina Marquez, Mario Panunzio, Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli and Mario Sostre.
About Antonio Martorell
Antonio Martorell (born in Santurce in 1939) is a well-known artist who exhibits in his homeland of Puerto Rico, as well as around the globe. As a young man, he studied painting with Julio Martín Caro in Madrid. When he came back to Puerto Rico, he started working at the workshop of Lorenzo Homar at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (Institute of Puerto Rican Culture). He currently is the Resident Artist of the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and directs the Ramón Frade Museum at the same institution.
As a writer, Martorell has written books such as La piel de la memoria (translated as Memory’s Tattoo by Andrew Hurley), and El libro dibujado (The Drawn Book). He currently writes a column for Escenario, a section of Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero.
Martorell was the winner of the Bienal de Arte de San Juan, and has illustrated books of several authors including Alma Rosa Flor, Heraclio Cepeda, Nicholasa Mohr, and Pura Belpré. He also illustrated the ABC de Puerto Rico published by Troutman Press; this book was later burned by the Educational Department of Puerto Rico under Governor Carlos Romero Barceló’s administration.
He currently has a workshop in Ponce, P.R., and another in New York.