Latinx Art in the December 2022 Sale of Modern & Post-War Art

Rafael Tufiño

Rafael Tufiño, la Ventana, wood block print, 1964. Estimate $400 to $600.

Rafael Tufiño was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Puerto Rico at age ten. He served in the US Army from 1943-1946 during the Second World War. He was stationed in Panama and served in the Army Signal Corps. After the war, he studied in Mexico, funded by the US G.I Bill. Returning to Puerto Rico in 1949, he aligned with other artists to form the Generación de los Cincuentas, a group of artists whose goal was to create a new Puerto Rican style of art. He traveled to New York in 1954 on a Guggenheim Fellowship and returned in 1970 to help found Taller Boricua, an artists’ multidisciplinary workshop to promote and support the arts of East Harlem residents.

So revered in Puerto Rico, the governor ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff and declared two days of mourning upon receiving the news of Tufiño’s death.

Pepe Coronado

Pepe Coronado, Intrepido, screenprint, 2010. Estimate $400 to $600.

This print is part of the first portfolio produced by the Collective Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA titled Manifestaciones. The portfolio is in the collections of: The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, City College of New York; El Museo del Barrio, NY; El Museo Latino, Omaha NE; The Hood Museum, Dartmouth University, NH; Brandywine Artura Collection, Philadelphia PA.

Currently a different print from the edition is part of a traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Museum, Printing the Revolution; The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now.

Scherezade García

Scherezade García earned an AAS from Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design, a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA from CUNY. She is the 2015 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant, and the Colene Brown Art Prize in 2020. Her works are in the permanent collections of several museums such as The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Art Museum of the Americas, The Housatonic Museum of Art, El Museo de Arte Moderno Santo Domingo, and El Museo del Barrio.

García now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX. She is currently Vice President for External Relations at the College Arts Association. An edited monograph on her work, Scherezade Garcia: From This Side of the Atlantic, was published in 2020 by the Art Museum of the Americas.

Iliana Emilia Garcia

Iliana Emilia received her AAS from Altos de Chavon/The School of Design in the Dominican Republic in 1989, and her BFA in Communication Design from Parsons The New School of Design in 1991, after being awarded the Ruth Vanderpool Parsons Institutional Scholarship for Portfolio Excellence. Garcia has exhibited at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Exit Art, NY; The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; El Museo del Barrio, NY; and other venues. Her works are in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art; El Museo del Barrio; and several private collections. She is a founding member of the Dominican York Proyecto Grafica (DYPG), a printmaking collective.

Lina Puerta

Lina Puerta was born in NJ, raised in Colombia, and lives and works in NYC. She holds an MS in Art Education from CUNY and has exhibited widely. She has been honored with prestigious awards, including the 2019/2020 Artist-in-Residency at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, 2017-NYFA Fellowship in Crafts/Sculpture, 2016 Dieu Donné Workspace Residency, 2015 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2015 Kohler Arts Industry Residency (WI), 2013-14 Smack Mellon Art Studio Program among others. Exhibition venues include The New York Botanical Garden, the Ford Foundation Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, The Latinx Project at NYU, NY, and Museo de la Tertulia in Cali, Colombia. Her work has been written about in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and Sculpture Magazine.

Alexis Duque

Alexis Duque holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Antioquia, Colombia. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including El Museo del Barrio, The Heckscher Museum of Art and Praxis International Gallery in New York; Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University, Worcester, MA; Ogden Contemporary Arts, Ogden, UT; The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI; RudolfV Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Galleri Oxholm in Copenhagen, Denmark. Duque’s work has been featured in several publications, including Imagine Architecture: Artistic Visions of The Urban RealmCaribbean: Together Apart Contemporary Artists from (part of) the Caribbean, Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton, WhiteHot Magazine, LandEscape Art review, Beautiful Decay, Artistaday, New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, The East Hampton Star, The East Hampton Press and El Diario of New York. Duque currently lives and works in NYC.

Rodríguez Calero

Rodríguez Calero studied at the Instituto de Cultura, Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Upon moving to New York, she continued her studies at the Art Students League, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Edward G. McDowell Travel Scholarship (1983-1982), which permitted her to journey abroad to Spain and France to pursue her interests in art.

Calero received residencies from The New York State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; a Jerome Foundation Scholarship; Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NY, (1981- 1982); Taller Boricua (1980-1982); Provincetown Art Association, MA (1985 -1986); Galeria Bonaire, Puerto Rico (1987-1988); Kenkeleba House, NY (1989-1990); Brandywine Workshop Center for the Visual Arts, PA (1999); and Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, NJ (2000). Acknowledgments include the Honorary Artist of the Year Award from The New York Institute of Puerto Rico; the Brooklyn Arts and Culture Association Painting Award held at the Brooklyn Museum; and from The National Association of Women Artists, she was given the Belle Cramer Memorial Prize for Abstract Painting Medal, and the Audrey Hope Award (1984).

She received fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (1999); the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000); and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2000 and 2002).
Rodríguez Calero is a recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in painting.