The hidden diversity at the Art Gallery

By: Jennifer Maldonado Rivera

 

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The deep look of the sad brown eyes made with soft colors are the striking of the draw. Homenaje a mi madre: La mirada de Claribel Betancourt (Tribute to my mother: The Gaze of Claribel Betancourt) is the 3’x 4’ pastel and chalk drawing of Wilarys Nieves Betancourt an art student of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. “I focus on specific topics in stages, depends what I feel to do at that stage in my life time, that’s when I do several draws with similar themes. Right now I am doing a series of works about my mother, because six months ago she lost her life.”

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Soft colors and very detailed so is the 20” x 22” pastel and chalk drawing Homenaje a mi madre II: En mi mente y corazón viva estas (Tribute to my Mother II: In my Mind and Heart You’re Alive) of the student Wilarys Nieves Betancourt. The deep drawing profess the love of the student to his deceased mother. Wilarys have been drawing since she was a little girl motivaded by her daily life and experiences and she works in ceramic, sculpture, painting, prints, and other but right know she is focusing on pastels , carbon and chalks.

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The draw of 19.5” x 25.5” has a funny, curious and very colorful face created with different drawing and painting media. I see you is one of the works of Angeline Medina Cardona an art student of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. The work was exhibited last May 1, 2014 at the Annual Students Exposition in the Art Gallery at the Department of Humanities.

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Through the 23” x 35”color pencil drawing of a man sewing, stand out the pale colors and the large hands drawn in detail. Las manos que me criaron y que me cuidan ( The Hands that Raised and Care for Me) is one of the drawing of the art student Angeline Medina Cardona. Angeline’s work was presented at the Art Gallery of the Humanities Department as part of the Annual Student Exposition in conjunction with the works of other students at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

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With its striking background that goes in a transition from yellow to red the 3’ x 3’paint Prescripto Pantocrator was one of the 32 pieces of art in the Annual Student Exhibition directed by the University Creative Workshops (TACU by its acronym in Spanish) The acrylic paint belongs to Amil Yafet a student of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. The Annual Student Exposition was held in the Art Gallery of the RUM on May 1, 2014.

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Mixing the human figure, the fiction and a set of opaque and brightly colors the 18” x 24” painting shows in detail a naked woman with a corpulent body and a dragon between her legs. The paint titled The Dragon Maiden belongs to the student Edwin J. Román Feliciano. The artwork of Edwin was one of the selected by a panel of judges at the Annual Student Exposition at the RUM.

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The 18” x 24” acrylic paint is a contrast between the illumination and darkness, the human figure, the fiction and the nature. La preocupación del estudiante (The Student Concerns ) is one of the pieces of art of Edwin J. Román Feliciano student of Surveying at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Edwin express that be part of the Annual Student Exposition was an excellent experience in which he could exhibit two of his works.

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Aunque no lo puedes ver (Although You Can’t See It) is the 3’ x 4’ gouache and color pencil paint of the student Yariel Caraballo Velázquez. Yariel is an art student at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and has been doing art pieces for 6 years using as motivation the power of forget his problems and concerns. The paint was presented as part of the Annual Students Exposition at the Art Gallery of the Humanities Department at UPRM.

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The 20’’ x 30’’ gouache and ink drawing is characterized by a fantastic or mystical theme with very small details and brilliant colors in some spots. Aerangis distinctos is the drawing of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez student Yariel Caraballo Velázquez.“I believe that my works are basically a reflection of my thoughts, tastes and perceptions, therefore, as homosexual I guess diversity is an aspect that is projected through my work even though that is not my intention. My works are often different in general because I’m not close to anything specific I just let it flow the way I feel at the moment.”

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Brilliant colors such like yellow, red, blue and other are emphasized in the portrait of a women in the 36” x 30” acrylic paint Los colores de Angeline (The Colors of Angeline). The author of the paint is the UPRM student Lucía C. Hernández who have been worked in portraits and abstract expressionism. “The arts are like therapy for me and allows me to enter in a state of tranquility.”

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