JORGE RECHANY, (San Juan, P.R., 1914 - 1990)
Painter, muralist, and professor. He studied with Spanish artist Alejandro Sánchez Felipe in San Juan and with Ramón Frade in Cayey. From 1934 to 1954 he lived in New York, where he studied at the National Academy of Design. He returned to Puerto Rico in the fifties and became involved in the rising artistic movement of the time. In 1958, with a scholarship from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, he studied mosaic techniques, fresco, and mural painting at the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico. He studied in 1961 with Enrico Pandolfini in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he later exhibited his work. He participated in designing the mosaics for the dome of the Puerto Rico Capitol Building. He was director of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño’s Plastic Arts Department, and professor at the San Juan League of Art Students and at Sacred Heart University in Santurce. He was appointed a member of the Puerto Rico Academy of Art, History, and Archeology in 1984. He worked in human figures and portraits, focusing on simplified geometric shapes and favoring straight lines and color. – Source Reyes Verray Collection
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