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Drawings by Jose Levy, 2017-2018

Family Sunday, completed in 2018

Andullero (Tobacco roller), completed in 2018

Goat eating hog plums, completed in 2018

Goico as a faun masturbating, completed in 2018

Anti-Insomnia Method, completed in 2017

Reading the constitution in a latrine, completed in 2017

The Man-Eater vs a dog, completed in 2017

Guinea hen, completed in 2017

Delivery, completed in 2017

Mama, completed in 2017
"José Levy addresses popular imaginary, rituals, mythologies and gestures of daily Dominican chaos with a level of expressive skill, freshness, dark humor, corrosive irony, metaphorical precision and inevitable grace that reaffirm the vitality of his rotund and distinctive creative emergence..." (Amable López Meléndez) José Levy was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1978, where he lives and works.

Persio Minier: Artist from Mao, Valverde, Established in The Bronx

Inmigrantes (series), completed in 2018

Inmigrantes (series), completed in 2018

Inmigrantes (series), completed in 2018

Inmigrantes (series), completed in 2017

Inmigrantes (series), completed in 2017

Inmigrantes (series), completed in 2017
Inmigrantes, a series of abstract paintings by Persio Minier, completed between 2017-2018
If you were born and raised in the Dominican Republic, there is a good chance that you recognize the sandal tracks on Persio Minier's "Inmigrantes" series of abstract paintings, in which he retells that familiar immigration story line of the American dream.

In the works Minier uses red to represent the struggle, white for success, and sandal prints to represent the persons.
Persio Minier was born in Mao, Valverde, Dominican Republic. From a young age he showed interest in art and began to draw. He later moves to Santiago where he studies art under Jacinto Dominguez, a great influence to Minier.

Today, Minier lives and works in the Bedford a…

7 Sculptures by Gaspar Mario Cruz

Baquiní
Mahogany, 46 x 37 x 34 inches, completed in 2006

Taina
Mahogany, 55 x 14 x 10 inches, completed in 1980

Cacica (Chieftain)
Mahogany, 22 x 12 x 6 inches, completed in 1980

The Family
Mahogany, 24 x 11 x 13 inches, completed in 1950-60

The Lovers
Mahogany, 26 x 9 x 8 inches, completed in 1950-60

The Lovers
Bronze, 20 x 4 x 3 inches, completed in 1950-60

The Lovers
Wood, 42 x 10 x 11 inches, completed in 1948
Sculptures by Gaspar Mario Cruz
His themes and subjects are the people and stories of the Dominican Republic. His preferred medium was Mahogany wood, with that rich brown color that matched his skin. Gaspar Mario Cruz (1929-2006) was born in San Francisco de Macoris, where he remembers molding his first clay figure when he was only eight years old.
His sculptures, mostly wood carvings, associate the material of nature with legends and popular beliefs about gods, powers and ability to survive, achieving a great metaphor for nature and life.
–Jeanette Miller: Gaspar Mario Cruz 'T…

Tania Marmolejo, Here Versus There

The Slow Reveal, 2016

Warm Nocturnal, 2017

Coming Home, 2018

In The Time Of The Hurricane Skies, 2018

The Stories We Weave, 2018

Strange Skies, 2018

Barahona, 2018
Here Versus There - recent drawings and paintings by Tania Marmolejo
‘Here Versus There’, is a collection of recent drawings and paintings by Tania Marmolejo. The works were influenced by Tania's mixed heritage (she is Swedish and Dominican).

Artist Statement “I believe in the middle ground. Not the tame, ‘I give up’ middle ground, but the tense, uncomfortable point that provokes reflection and thought when confronted with opposing ideas, emotions, and forces. In Here Versus There, I search for that ambiguous middle point between opposing forces in myself and communicate them with the viewer, hoping to provoke, in turn, a mirrored feeling. The minimalist drawings which are the beginnings of my painting process may become a spider’s web of complicated storytelling of opposing thoughts or may become an ambiguous, an…

Julio Tejada, artist from Moca, Espaillat

Transparency Games Exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, 2018

Exhibition images by Jose Leonidas Batista Concepcion
Transparency Games (series) Acrylic on canvas Julio Tejada was born in Moca, the capital of Espaillat province, in the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic.

In his Transparency Games series, Julio Tejada masterfully uses shadows and reflections to create crystalline flows over rugged stone faces neatly placed in familiar environments of greens, blues and browns. Colored pencils, paper boats and nature scenes takes us back to our childhood in the campos of the Dominican Republic.

Domingo Echavarría, Haitian General Marching, 1845

Haitian General Marching (General haitiano en march) Woodcut, completed in 1845
Considered the first caricature to appear in printed form in the Dominican Republic. The Haitian General Marching, a woodcut completed in 1845, by Domingo Echavarría, one of the first working artist in Dominican history.

The work appeared in the newspaper 'El Dominicano' just one year after Dominican independence (1844) from Haiti. It is a representation of a Haitian general smoking a pipe and wearing sandals. The general also carries on one shoulder what appears to be vegetation, likely tobacco leaves, and fishes balanced on a wooden rod, while dragging a visibly famished dog, shown sticky his tongue out from the apparent struggle..

Domingo Echavarría (Santo Domingo, 1805-1849), considered the first engraver of importance that appears in our history. He was a painter, caricaturist and engraver.

Historia del arte dominicano: Cronología de Eventos

Version en Español · English Version
Merengue, 1938, detalle, Jaime Colson
Historia del arte Dominicano, una cronología de los eventos y las personas que ayudaron a dar forma a la historia del arte en la República Dominicana.

El Período Precolonial: Arte Aborigen y Taino Parafraseando, no sabemos cómo comenzó realmente el arte en la República Dominicana. Mucho antes de la invasión de Colón, los taínos (y antes los habitantes aborígenes) de las Antillas Mayores estaban creando arte, deliberadamente o no, en forma de cerámica, tallas de piedra y madera, joyas y dibujos en cuevas.

Al igual que otras sociedades indígenas, las habilidades artísticas de los Taínos se observan mejor en la cerámica de barro y esculturas talladas en madera o piedra que aún sobreviven hoy en día. Estos artefactos fueron creados para uso diario, o ceremonial, para honrar a los muertos o los diversos dioses que se observaron en esa epoca.

Arte de Cuevas En la región sur del pais encontramos varios sistemas de cue…

Dominican Art History: A Timeline of Events

English Version · Version en Español
Merengue, 1938, detail, by Jaime Colson
Dominican Art History, a timeline of events and the people that helped shape the history of art in the Dominican Republic.

The Pre-Colonial Period: Aboriginal and Taino art To paraphrase, we do not know how art in the Dominican Republic actually began. Long before the Columbus invasion, the Taino people (and before them the aboriginal inhabitants) of the Greater Antilles were creating art, deliberate or not, in the form of pottery, stone and wood carvings, jewelry and cave drawings.

Like many indigenous people, the artistic skills of the Taino is best observed in the clay pottery and sculptures carved from wood or stone that still survive today. These artifacts were created for daily use or ceremonial purposes to honor the dead or the various gods that were observed at the time.

Cave Art Throughout the southern region we find several cave systems adorned with petroglyphs (rock engravings) and pictographs (pai…