Arnaldo Roche Rabelle, (b. 1955, Puerto Rico) Painting of a Nude Male. Gouache crayon and chalk on handmade paper, depicting a male nude standing, circa 1990. Framed and mounted under plexi-glass.
47.5" tall X 36" wide (at sight) 120.5 cm X 91.5 cm
54" tall X 42" wide X 0.75" deep (framed) 137 cm X 106.5 cm
Arnaldo Roche Rabell began his artistic training at the Luchetti School of Art in Santurce, where he studied under Lope Max Díaz and continued at the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, where he studied architecture, design, and illustration. He moved to Chicago in 1979 and enrolled at the Art Institute, where he earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. While a student in Chicago he was influenced by the artists Ray Yoshida and Richard Keane, and by the art historian Robert Loescher. Since the late 1970's he has created complex expressionistic paintings, pastels and prints featuring the human figure, often focusing on the facial portraits. His works were included in the Hispanic Art in the U.S. Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1987), and Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1993). The Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City held a solo exhibition of his work in 1995. His work is considered neo-expressionist and he has developed a unique style based on the application of layers of bright colors, which he covers with black and then rubs with a palette knife to create dramatic and revealing images. Many of his paintings use live models, whom he wraps in raw canvas and then, using frottage, imprints on it the contours of their bodies. Usually of monumental size, exuberant in color, and dramatic in their content, his Abstract Expressionist paintings draw upon a variety of references, both historical and personal.
2006: The Best Museum Solo Show Award, Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte, Capítulo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Special Prize, Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte, Capítulo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1998: Grand Prix Painting, I International Biennial of Art of Cumaná, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Cumaná, Venezuela. 1991: Painting Award, Muestra Nacional de Pintura y Escultura, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1990: 10 Visual Arts Award, New York, United States. 1989: Third Prize, International Biennial of Paintings, Cuenca, Ecuador. 1982: Fellowship, James Nelson Raymond Traveling Fellowship, United States
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