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Alejandro Bonilla (1820-1901) (Español)

Version en Español · English Version Alejandro Bonilla Correa-Cruzado (1820-1901) fue un pintor dominicano de la época temprana que define la identidad artística nacional en la República Dominicana. Nacio en Santo Domingo, hijo de un padre puertorriqueño y madre dominicana, se cree que las primeras lecciones de arte de Bonilla tuvieron lugar en su ciudad de nacimiento y continuaron durante sus viajes a Venezuela durante la década del 1840s.

Hoy, es recordado como la primera persona en pintar la imagen de Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876), padre fundador de la República Dominicana y amigo de este artista.

Comenzando en 1868, Bonilla es exiliado a Venezuela, donde vive y trabaja como artista hasta su regreso a Santo Domingo en 1874. A su regreso a su ciudad de nacimiento, Bonilla abre un taller en su casa, que sobrevive hoy como un histórico punto de referencia llamado "La Casa del Pintor."

En 1887, Bonilla completó la primera de dos pinturas al óleo de Duarte, que el artista pr…

Alejandro Bonilla (1820-1901)

English Version · Version en Español Alejandro Bonilla Correa-Cruzado (1820-1901) was a Dominican painter of the early era that defines the national art identity in the Dominican Republic. Born in Santo Domingo, to a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother, Bonilla's first art lessons are believed to have taken place in his city of birth, and continued by lessons during his travels to Venezuela during the 1840s.

Today, he is remembered as the first person to paint the image of Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876), founding father of the Dominican Republic, and friend of the artist.

Starting in 1868, Bonilla is exiled to Venezuela, where he lives and works as an artist until his return to Santo Domingo in 1874. Upon his return to his city of birth, Bonilla opens a workshop in his home, which survives today as a historical landmark named "La Casa del Pintor" (The Painter's House).

In 1887, Bonilla completed the first of two oil paintings of Duarte, which the artist produ…

Luis Desangles - Primer Maestro de la Pintura Dominicana

Version en Español · English Version Luis Desangles (1861-1940), hijo de padres franceses, desde temprana edad expresó su interés por el arte. Estuvo bajo la tutela de Leon Cordero en el año 1870, y continúa sus lecciones hasta la muerte de Cordero en 1874. Luego viaja a Italia para continuar sus estudios artísticos, desarrollándose en los campos de dibujo, escultura y pintura.

En el 1883, abre su taller en Santo Domingo, Casa-Taller, donde instruye a muchos de los grandes nombres que ayudan a definir esta temprana era del arte en el país.

Algunos de los nombres más reconocidos que estudiaron arte bajo Luis Desangles incluyen; Abelardo Rodríguez Urdaneta, Arturo Grullón, Leopoldo Navarro, Adolfo García Obregón, Manuel María Sanabia, Arquímedes de la Concha, Carlos Ramírez Guerra, Manuel Buñols Medina y Francisco González Lamarche.

Luis Desangles Sibilly, nacido en Santo Domingo en 1861, murió en Santiago de Cuba en 1940. Este artista es considerado por muchos críticos de arte e h…

Luis Desangles: First Master Painter of the Dominican Republic

English Version · Version en Español Luis Desangles (1861-1940), the Son of French parents, from an early age he expressed a love and interest in art. Desangles comes under the tutelage of Leon Cordero in the year 1870, and continues his lessons until Cordero's death in 1874. He then travels to Italy to continue his artistic studies, developing in the fields of drawing, sculpture and painting.

In 1883 he opens his workshop in Santo Domingo, Casa-Taller, where he instructs many of the great names that go on to define the early era of art in the country.

Some of the most recognizable names that studied art under Luis Desangles include; Abelardo Rodríguez Urdaneta, Arturo Grullón, Leopoldo Navarro, Adolfo García Obregón, Manuel María Sanabia, Arquímedes de la Concha, Carlos Ramírez Guerra, Manuel Buñols Medina and Francisco González Lamarche.

Luis Desangles Sibilly, born in Santo Domingo in 1861, died in Santiago de Cuba in 1940, is considered by many art critics and historians…

Reyes Ocre, Artist from Maria Trinidad Sanchez

Junior Reyes Ocre, born on December, 1976, in the Maria Trinidad Sanchez province of the Dominican Republic.

His inclination for painting began at a young age—winning his first drawing contest when he was just nine years old. In 1992, he attends the art workshop of Esau (David) Gil, followed by the School of Fines Arts of Santiago in 1993.

His first solo exhibition titled “Ocre, solo Ocre” was held in his hometown of Nagua, in 1996. Since then, Reyes Ocre has exhibited his work internationally; including Spain, Italy, Panama, Colombia and the United States.
He is a surrealist of vibrant colors, where the range is austere but intense.
– Joan Lluís Montané (2008)
Reyes Ocre's style has varied through out the years; including surrealism, expressionism and abstract.


"The Blue Scream" completed in 2017

Melvis Matos, Expressionist Artist from Bahoruco

Melvis Matos was born in December, 1970, in Villa Jaragua, a city off the northeast section of Lake Enriquillo, in the Bahoruco province of the Dominican Republic. The town was began its history as Barbacoa, but was renamed Villa Trujillo Valdéz after the Dictator's father. n 1961, its name was changed to Villa Jaragua.

A graduate of the National School of Fine Arts; Matos' inspirations include artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Willem de Kooning.

Throughout his career, Melvis Matos has participated in several solo and collective exhibitions at the national and international levels.

His work has been recognized in several art contest in the Dominican Republic, including; First Prize and two honorable mentions of the National Contest of Young Artist, Casa de Teatro, in 1999, and the Critics Award for the Best First Individual Exhibition granted by the Dominican Association of Art Critics, in 2001.
Paintings by Melvis Matos
"Eclipse"

Julio Susana, Paintings of Love and Daily Life

Art is imagination that gives life to the heart, where imagination flourishes as a work of art.
– Julio Susana
Julia Susana was born in the city of La Vega, Dominican Republic, in July, 1937. A painter and sculptor, Susana studied art at the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, graduating in 1963. His achievements as a student in ENAV earned him a scholarship to the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Madrid, in Spain.

His teachers included some of the greatest names in Dominican art: Jose Vela Zanetti, Marianela Jiménez, Gilberto Hernández Ortega, Jaime Colson, Antonio Prats Ventós, Gaspar Mario Cruz, Paúl Guidicelli, Celeste Woss and Gil, and Clara Ledesma.

His unique style of of vibrantly colored large figures in familiar themes is immediately recognizable in art circles.
Metaphors are the drama of his works. Between them and the viewer, a communion regardless of their motives, given his human essence and the new consciousness that arises from the point of view of mode…

Danilo de los Santos (Danicel) - Icon of Dominican Art

Danilo de Los Santos (1943-2018), artistically known as Dánicel, was born in the city of Puerto Plata. An artist, art critic and art historian, his contributions to the world of art in the Dominican Republic can never be expressed in words.

De los Santos' early artistic memories are the cardboard dolls that he created for his sister—copied from fashion magazines. His skill with the human form came to the attention of artist Mario Grullon (Santiago, 1918-1994), who encouraged the young De los Santos to pursue his artistic talent, gifting him his first sketch book.
Grullón suggested to my mother that I join the Yoryi Morel academy. There I learned how to handle gouache, crayon and pastels and interacted with students of different ages.
His talent with the brush and other mediums have captured the attention of art critics and enthusiast in country, with various award winning works, such as his 'Marola' series, which dates back to the early stages of his career.

Danilo de …

Watson Pablov, artist from María Trinidad Sánchez

Watson Pablov Ventura Garcia, was born 1976 in the province María Trinidad Sánchez, in the Dominican Republic.

Pablov studied graphic design and worked for several newspapers in Santo Domingo before moving to the United States in 2009. During this time he developed his style and technique on the canvas. Social themes and identity tend to be a focal point in Pablov's paintings—with epigrams and bold lines reminiscent of Basquiat and the many artists that included messages in their work, past and present.
Pablov's work is the result of an analysis of reality, in which he interprets and decodes what he sees applying "the principle of unusual." In his work we notice various techniques and influences that the artist consciously applied, emphasizing freedom of execution, evolution, change and constant variation.

Aniova Prandy, Multidisciplinary Artist from Santo Domingo

My work focuses on the physical materialization of emptiness, on the visibility of the shadows.
Aniova Prandy was born (1985) in the city of Santo Domingo, where her earliest artistic inspirations were drawn by her father. This early exposure lead Aniova to pursue an academic route that started with Drama at the National School of Dramatic Art in Santo Domingo, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, where she studied Martketing, the University of Salamanca in Spain, where she studied Art History, and the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, where she earned a Master in Performing Arts.
The works are stages in which to establish relationships between forms and silence, in a game of very precise contrasts that seek to capture the gaze inescapably, and create an intimate experience between the work and the viewer. They are a reflective exercise on the invisible and the mutability of time...
I love the drawing, the lines, the composition. I am very attracted to Renaissance portr…

Virgilio Méndez, A Retrospective (1978-1989)

Few artists have experienced the artistic exposure that was enjoyed by Virgilio Mendez (1941–2003). Born in Santo Domingo during the artistic renaissance that was ushered in by the arrival of European exiles (Manolo Pascual, Josep Gausachs, George Hausdorf), Mendez's early exposure to art were the works of Jose Vela Zanetti (1913-1999), an artist of Spanish origin that settled in the Dominican Republic as an exile of his country's civil war (1940-1953).

At the age of seventeen, he enrolls at the National School of Fine Arts, where he becomes a disciple of the great Jaime Colson, a professor at ENVA during Mendez's years. His other instructors included Clara Ledesma (1924-1999) and Gilberto Hernández Ortega (1924-1978), at the time assistant principal and director of the school, respectively.

In 1963, Méndez is named a professor at the School of Fine Arts in San Francisco de Macoris, a position which only last for few months, as Méndez receives a scholarship to study at t…

José Cestero, artist from Santo Domingo

I paint because I like it—My works are based on realities, not dreams...
As a young aspiring artist, José Cestero (Santo Domingo, 1937) studied art under Joseph Fulop, Gilberto Hernández Ortega and José Gausach at National School of Fine Arts—enrolling in 1950 and graduating in 1954.

Soon after his graduation, refusing mandatory military service imposed by the Trujillo dictatirship, Cestero travels to the United States. He returns to the Dominican Republic after Trujillo's assassination (1961), joining Silvano Lora, José Ramírez Conde, Iván Tovar and Ada Balcácer in the formation of the avant-garde group called 'Art and Liberation'.

In 2015, Cestero received the National Fine Arts Award, which is awarded each year in recognition of an artist's career and contributions to the development of the national art.

José Cestero has been widely recognized by art historians and collectors in the Dominican Republic, for the simple style and free expressions of his paintings…

Rosa Idalia Garcia, artist from Santiago de los Caballeros

Abstract artist, Rosa Idalia García was born 1944, in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. A student of the School of Fine Arts in her hometown, Garcia also received art lessons from Yoryi Morel (Santiago, 1906-1976) and Federico Izquierdo (Moncion, 1904-2004).

"Ojo de buey" completed in 1968

"Helecho" completed in 1969
Throughout her career, now spanning five decades, this artist has enjoyed the admiration of art lovers and critics; She was awarded in the IV and V Eduardo Leon Jimenes Art Contest in the Painting category with the works Ojo de Buey and Helecho, respectively. Her works are part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic and the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes in Santiago.

Garcia is also recognized for her role in advancing the arts in the Dominican Republic; she's held leadership roles at various cultural institutions, such as the Center of Cult…

Jose Morillo's Naïve Art

Naïve Art, by Jose MorilloLive music, dancing, farmers working, palm trees, Dominicans enjoying life, these are the scenes often found in Jose Morillo's paintings.

Jose Morillo was born in Santo Domingo, in 1975. He briefly studied art under Miguel Gómez (Santo Domingo, 1953), but is mostly a self-taught artist. His work is a favorite among Dominican art collectors (considered the most prominent naïve artist of his era), and has won several national and international awards. Since 1997, Morillo has participated in solo and collective exhibitions in Dominican Republic and abroad–including New York, Boston and Miami.

León Bosch: Portraits from the Tropic

La niña de los limoncillos, completed in 1969

The Last Supper, completed in 1972

Shoeshine boy, completed in 1985

Portrait of John, completed in 1985

Portait of a Dominican teenager, completed in 1987

Portrait of Ramonita, completed in 1987

Maxima, completed in 1989

The peasant girl, completed in 1992

Portrait of my Father, completed in 1996

Portrait of Ramonita, completed in 1997
Portraits from the Tropic, by León BoschThis selection of portrait paintings by Dominican artist Leon Bosch, spanning almost three decades (1969-1997), is a view through the artist's eyes at the people and scenes that have surrounded him throughout his career.
León Bosch, born 1936 in Santo Domingo, is best recognized as the son of former Dominican president and author, Juan Bosch. But to art lovers and artist alike, he is Leon Bosch the artist, admired for his skills in portraiture, landscapes and still life paintings.

Bosch, began his life as an artist in his early teenage years, but would soo…