Domingo García

Domingo García was born in Coamo in 1932. He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by the National Academy of Design in New York, and traveled to London to study with the renowned painter and colorist, William Locke. He returned to Puerto Rico and participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions, where his work received critical acclaim. He then founded the Campeche Workshop and Gallery in San Juan in 1958, where he taught painting, drawing and silkscreen.

During the 1950s, when Puerto Rican painting was dominated by social realism, he developed an expressionist style with the aim of expressing a subjective reality. In the 1970s, he worked on a series of abstract silkscreens that experimented with form and color. He has also used, in both paintings and silkscreens, figurative subject-matter as a point of departure for the exploration and communication of his psychological and emotional state, with self-portraits playing a significant role.

From 1998 to 1999 the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico held a retrospective exhibit of his paintings and sculptures done from the '40s to the '90s as a tribute to this Puerto Rican master whose work figures in numerous private and public collections on the island and abroad. He was honored in 2011 with a private reception at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, for his contribution to Latin American art, where they added two of his works to their permanent collection. His career spans more than six decades and continues to produce art. Source: Arte Foundation