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Three Artists, One Exposition

April 22, 2001
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For the second time in 23 years, the work of artists Ralph de Romero, Rubén Ríos, and Peter Gaztambide will be presented together. Their exposition, entitled "Tres amigos, tres décadas, tres artistas: Memorias de un trío" ("Three friends, three decades, three artists: Memories of a trio"), will be showcased until May 6 at Sala Oeste del Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, at La Puntilla, Old San Juan.

The artists first joined their collections in 1978 at Galería Guatibirí. Today, their art is brought together to commemorate that meeting. Their current exposition will display works they have created since then and, for those who missed the 1978 exhibition, will include work from that occasion.

This re-encounter was a joint project of the three artists until Ralph de Romero's death last year. The commitment of the surviving members of the trio hasn't dwindled; Ríos and Gaztambide have continued the effort with Lizza Robles, De Romero's widow.

"Tres amigos, tres décadas, tres artistas" was initiated by Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and will be showcased Wednesday through Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (787) 724-5932 or 727-1877.

Ralph de Romero

Ralph de Romero was born in New York in 1946. His first academic foundations in plastic arts were acquired from the Music & Art School in New York. After completing his high-school education, he traveled to the island Rico to study at University of Puerto Rico. He received training from Profs. Felix Bonilla Norat, John Balossi, Osiris Delgado, and Carlos Marichal. De Romero graduated at the end of the 1960s, and returned to his native city. At Pratt Institute, he earned first place in drawing from the American Art Association. In 1970, he was granted a Fulbright Fellowship to transfer to Mexico City to work for two years under supervision of Mexican muralist and painter David Alfaro Siqueiros. In the '80s and '90s, he exhibited his work in Puerto Rican galleries and museums, and at Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art in Soho, N.Y. In 1993, he received a grant from Fundación Alfonso Arana to study and work in Paris for two years. De Romero's work has been shown in Puerto Rico, the United States, Korea, Spain, Costa Rica, France, and Japan.

Peter Gaztambide

Peter Gaztambide was born in Miami in 1949. When he was three months old, his parents returned to Puerto Rico where they settled down. During his college years, he took the course "Art for Non-Art Students" at Loyola University of the South, in New Orleans, with Prof. Franz Heldner. In the '70s, he studied and worked with serigraphy and poster design with Eliasim Cruz; drawing, design, engraving, and painting with Admando Rubbo; monotype with Wilfredo Labiosa; ceramics and metal sculpture with Lope Max; and experimental painting with Antonio Nava. He also established Galería sin Paredes, one of the first mobile galleries in Puerto Rico. In the '80s, he dedicated himself to printing other artists' serigraphies. He worked with Carmelo Sobrino, Pancho Rodón, Lorenzo Homar, Carlos Sueños, Andrés Bueso, Ralph de Romero, Rubén Ríos, Gloria Florit, Carlos Dávila, and others. He moved to Florida in 1985, concentrating mainly on painting. Two years later, he joined University of South Florida in Tampa. There, he studied lithography with Theo Wujjic, engraving with Bradley Shanks, drawing with Jeffrey Kronsnoble, and painting with George Pappas. In 1989, he earned a bachelor's in art. Gaztambide has presented his work in Puerto Rico, the United States, England, Venezuela, Germany, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Japan, and France.

Rubén Ríos

Rubén Ríos was born in Bayamón in 1948. After completing his secondary studies, he joined Liga de Estudiantes de Arte in San Juan. There, he trained in drawing and painting with Profs. Jorge Rechany and Luis Hernández Cruz. He took painting and sculpture seminars at Escuela de Artes Plásticas in San Juan under supervision of Prof. Luis Hernández Cruz. Later, at University of Puerto Rico, he received education from Profs. Alberto Ortiz Collazo, Luis Hernández Cruz, and John Balossi. He did private studies with Jorge Rechany and Augusto Marín. Ríos' work has been displayed in Puerto Rico, Chile, and Mexico.

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