Humberto Figueroa Torres is a specialist in Visual Arts with academic training, BFA 73, MFA 78, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He has sustained a career of working as museographer, educator and curator starting in 1975 at the Museo del Barrio in NY, the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, the School of Design at Altos de Chavón, the Inter-American University in San German, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, the Escuela de Artes Plasticas of Puerto Rico, the Museum of Art Dr. Pío López Martínez in the UPR of Cayey and the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. He participated as an artist in the 2017 Edition of the Gueto Biennial in Port-auPrince, Haiti. His Madams installation is part of the exhibition “Haiti Here – At Four Times” from April to September 2018 at the Fundación Casa Cortes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Humberto Figueroa • Agua amada (Beloved Water), 2018 Woodcut
Printed by José Vega
I represent the water like a vast body that extends to the infinity of the visual field. I have maintained with the water, as a body of sea or river, a relationship of attraction and distance. Being before water in those forms I am ecstatic for their chromatic variations, textures caused by movement and ambient light during the seasons of the year. Their immeasurable strength is offset by singing emitted when it hits coral and sand on the coast, or as the currents stumbles with stones in the river. Its amplitude contains sensual load, its mysterious rhythmical strength is hypnotic. The waters of a plank in wood turn into echo of the water movements. Facing the design of nature, I engage a dialogue by incorporating the footprint in the graphic process. In the print, a figure tries to combat the centrifugal embrace of the ocean.
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