Francisco Rodón

Born Jun 6, 1934

Francisco Rodón is a Puerto Rican portrait and landscape painter.
Rodón studied in Mexico, France and Spain. He was named Puerto Rico's most important 20th century painter at the Expo 92 World's Fair in Seville, Spain, joining the 18th century's José Campeche and the 19th century's Francisco Oller.
Known for his portraits of major cultural figures, such as Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, Puerto Rican governor Luis Muñoz Marín, Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso, and Perú's Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Rodón also painted a double portrait of Puerto Rican poet Giannina Braschi as a child sitting next to her mother.
The value of his works has exceeded that of other living Puerto Ricans in auctions held between 1990 and 2009. Retrato de Medea sold for $93,000 in 1990. In 2009, his most recent oil on canvas, Puedo Retornar al Crepúsculo y la Noche sold for US $302,500 at Sotheby's, the highest price paid to that date for a Puerto Rican painting. His painting of Muñoz Marín is valued at 1 million dollars.
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