Casa de la Cultura/Center for Latino Arts is pleased to present its newest exhibition of Latin contemporary art, Iconos, featuring works by Puerto Rican artist Gaddier Rosario. The gallery will hold an Arist Talk with the artist on Wednesday, August 13th, from 6-9pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Gaddier Rosario’s work is deeply rooted in his Puerto Rican heritage. His paintings and works on paper speak to the human condition through a diverse language of form, color, and texture. Rosario’s works evoke the rich context of his hybrid Latin/Caribbean heritage and simultaneously convey aspects shared cross-culturally. Figurative elements in his works shift between abstraction and representational imagery, constructing characters as varied and colorful as those that inhabit his memories and those of his home here in New England.

Composed of a collection of select paintings, editioned prints, and works on paper, the exhibition explores the artist’s genuine fondness for exploring color and its relationship to the viewer’s emotional response. In Toro bravo, Rosario composes a distorted image of a bull through several bands of vivid color, each bending and swaying into an abstracted form that is simultaneously violent and calm. Rosario himself is reflected in each one of his works, imbuing each with a small vision of himself-creating imaginary ‘self portraits’ of shifting color, abstracted shapes, and subjective perception.

Born in 1969 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gaddier Rosario studied at Sagrado Corazón University and at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Puerto Rico where he learned his craft under some of the most influential artists of the Caribbean. In 2004, he moved to New England with his family.

Gaddier Rosario
Iconos
July 17 – September 3, 2008

Artist Talk
Wednesday August 20th, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours:
Thursdays & Fridays: 4:00 – 7:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Casa de La Cultura / Center for Latino Arts
85 W Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118
www.claboston.org

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