José Agustin Andreu was born in Mexico City of Puerto Rican parents and raised in Puerto Rico, Spain, France and the United States. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a BFA in 1982 and from the UW, Madison, WI with a MFA in 1986. He has exhibited in the USA, Mexico, Cuba, and Europe and currently teaches painting at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and 2-D design at Columbia College Chicago. Jose’s work documents the morphology of identity. It uses structures that reflect abstract ideas about space, form, and illusion as well as color and light. www.andreu.us
José Agustín Andreu • Splash and Song, Linocut relief print, 2016
In Puerto Rico one tradition is to throw yourself backwards into the sea at midnight on New Year’s Eve and you will have good luck in the coming year. Another says that as long as the coquis sing at night the stars will remain in the heavens.
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