Image: "Safehouse" (Video Still), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, 2018.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:00 P.M.
Elizam Escobar is an artist and writer. Escobar earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art from the University of Puerto Rico and continued his studies at the University of New York City and the New York Art Students League. He worked as a cartoonist and as a teacher at several public schools and the Art School at El Museo del Barrio in New York; and was linked with the Association of Hispanic Arts of New York. In 1980 he was sentenced to 68 years in state and federal US prisons for the charge of seditious conspiracy, a political accusation for those fighting against U.S. colonial rule in Puerto Rico. While in prison, he continued to paint, and write. Over the past decades he has published books of poetry, prison diaries, and essays as well as exhibited his visual art internationally. He was released from prison in 1999 and returned to Puerto Rico where he has been a professor of painting at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (School of Visual Arts). In his more recent painting and mixed media works, he raises matters of human communication, the phenomenon of the painter as an observer (or not) of the reality and alienation and the isolation in the contemporary world. He is currently working on a series of clay portraits, and mixed media works.
This event is a program of the exhibition BEATRIZ SANTIAGO MUÑOZ: SAFEHOUSE.
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