Rosado del Valle was a renowned painter, muralist, and the first to work abstractionism in Puerto Rico. He was part of the Generación del 50 (Generation of 1950), plastic arts movement that, based on populist ideas, believed in art as a medium of affirmation of cultural identity.
This painter was born in Cataño in 1922. In 1945, he was admitted into the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, where he studied under the guidance of Spanish painter Cristóbal Ruíz. In 1946, he also studied with Cuban painter Mario Carreño and Ecuadorian muralist Camilo Egas at the New School of Social Research in New York. A little later, he traveled to Europe. In Paris, he had contact with classic and contemporary art of that country and, in Italy, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.
When he returned to Puerto Rico in 1949, he joined the Taller de Artes Gráficas (Graphic Art Workshop) of the División de Educación de la Comunidad (DIVEDCO, Division of Community Education), where posters and graphic works with social and educational messages were done. He was a founding member -with Lorenzo Homar, José Antonio Torres Martinó, and Félix Rodríguez Báez, of the Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño (1950), founded on the concept of populist philosophy.
Rosado del Valle produced mainly oil paintings and murals. His abstract work breaks the realistimage patterns; however, it maintains a palpable Puerto Rican flavor. He stands out for the use of vibrant colors and for his compositions. He also explored abstract expressionism, movement born in the United States, which tried to express the artist’s emotions through abstract technique and use of intense colors. Among his best known works are Niños con cabra (1953), La niña de la sombrilla (1955) and Vejigante (1955).
Rosado del Valle was awarded with a gold medal for one of his murals in a contest sponsored by the Architectural League of New York in 1953. Later, he lived in New York again when he received a scholarship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation between 1957 and 1958. This painter and muralist represented Puerto Rico in many international contests. His work has been exhibited in Germany, Spain, the United States, and Mexico, among others.
In 2002, there was a fire in the warehouse where many of his works were kept and they were destroyed. However, he continued to paint on a daily basis in his home in Guaynabo and at a workshop in his native town of Cataño.
Rosado del Valle died on September 20, 2008 after a long illness.
Portal Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
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Gran Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico
Author: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: September 03, 2014.
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