Arnaldo Roche-Rabell: the uncommonwealth

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Anderson Gallery, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996 - Art - 71 pages
Arnaldo Roche-Rabell's uncommonwealth is Puerto Rico, a region and a political entity mined to reveal the uncertainty of identity in our postmodern world. His overall concern in his art has been to understand himself in terms of his relationships with both Puerto Rico and the United States. His iconography is rich and complex, involving investigations of the self and its many masks, as well as family relations, biblical and mythological subjects, and the intricate political relationship between the United States and his native land.Roche's technique of working on canvas evolved into a complex matrix incorporating aspects of drawing, painting, and printmaking. Some of his techniques connect him with Puerto Rican traditions, while others assume metaphoric overtones.

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Joachim Pissarro is a Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Robert C. Hobbs, Ph.D. is the author of several artists' monographs and is the Professor of American Art and Native American Art at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts, where he also holds the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair in American Art.

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