HABITANTES | Identity

Part Three

By Museo de Arte de Bayamón

Exhibition view "HABITANTES" (2022) by Sarabel Santos Negrón, design and with the collaboration of Loriane SerranoMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

HABITANTES is a project that explores the idea of space, memory and social identity through a selection of artists who have a special bond with the city of Bayamón.

The exhibition proposes a look at the relationship of this community of artists with the place where they were born, raised or where they have carried out their lives.

Exhibition view "HABITANTES: identidad" (2022) by Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB)Museo de Arte de Bayamón

Habitante (Inhabitant) is the term conferred to designate the people who have been part of the population of a particular place.  

The exhibition is made up of forty-three artists whose works, in a multiplicity of media and aesthetics, trace a look at what it would be worth to define the being that inhabits something. 

Exhibition view "HABITANTES: identidad" (2022) by Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB)Museo de Arte de Bayamón

The third theme addressed by the exhibition HABITANTES is identity. This is explored by the word and the representation or self-representation of the human figure within its sociocultural context.

Habitada (2009) by Tari BerosziMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Habitada, 2009. Photograph. 22" x 34 1⁄2". Collection of the artist. Subject: Identity. 

Habitada (2009) by Tari BerosziMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

TARI BEROSZI (Bayamón, PR, 1981) 

"I was born in Bayamón. I attended elementary school at the José Campeche School. It was in Bayamón where I first went to school and learned to read and write."

YO o Robot Saturnino (2020) by Carla CavinaMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

I or Robot Saturnino (from the Game of Shadows series), 2020. 24" x 36. Photograph. 

YO o Robot Saturnino (2020) by Carla CavinaMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

CARLA CAVINA (Bayamón, PR, 1975) 

"When my mom was giving birth to me, my dad was putting up the fences of our house in Urb. Río Hondo 2 in Bayamón, where I grew up riding my bike with my brother and my dog."

"I studied in several schools and graduated from La Salle where I learned to play basketball with my friends. Many of my friends who were key in my formation are still with me.

Beauty Queen II (2016) by Lilliam NievesMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Beauty Queen II, 2016. Pink mahogany and ink. 60" x 36" x 1". Lamela Pérez Private Collection. Subject: Identity.

Beauty Queen II (2016) by Lilliam NievesMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

LILLIAM NIEVES (Bayamón, PR, 1975)

"Born and raised in Bayamón, makes me a Chicharronera and Vaquera de cora'!!! There's always clogging, it's always raining and now more than ever we hope that Bayamón will always be ART!!!"

Enraizar (2019) by Zinthia Vázquez VieraMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Rooting, 2019. Woodcut on canvas. 30" x 40".  Collection of the artist. Theme: identity. 

Enraizar (2019) by Zinthia Vázquez VieraMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

ZINTHIA VÁZQUEZ VIERA (San Juan, PR, 1979)

 "At the age of 10 we moved from Río Piedras to the "countryside"; our parents were looking to get out of the city and we arrived in Bayamón."

 "There we grew up in our wooden house, among greenery, silence, the sound of birds, watching the flight of the guaraguao, in contact with the Earth, enjoying open spaces... in pure freedom. That is my home... it is, was and will be my connection to Bayamon."

Autorretrato (1955) by Isabel BernalMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Self-portrait, 1955. Oil on canvas board. 30" x 15". Collection of the artist. Subject: Identity

Autorretrato (1955) by Isabel BernalMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

ISABEL BERNAL (San Sebastián, PR, 1935)

Isabel Bernal has resided in Bayamón for 30 years, after retiring from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO).

Sin título (1994) by Antonio NaviaMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Untitled, 1994. Acrylic on canvas. 48" x 48".  Gilberto Arias Collection. Theme: identity. 

Sin título (1994) by Antonio NaviaMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

ANTONIO NAVIA (Bayamón, PR, 1945)

The work of Bayamón artist Antonio Navia includes sculpture, geometric abstraction painting and the creation of installations.

Sin título (2021) by José LermaMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Untitled, 2021. Acrylic on paper. 18" x 24". Francisco Rovira Collection. Subject: Identity.

Sin título (2021) by José LermaMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

JOSÉ LERMA (Spain, 1971)

"In my childhood I lived in the Bayamón Regional Hospital. I studied at Colegio San Agustín and graduated from high school at Liceo Hispanoamericano, an institution that no longer exists."

Sin título (2014) by Philip Cruz "Pun 18"Museo de Arte de Bayamón

Untitled, 2014. Marker and India ink on paper. 8 1⁄2 x 11". 

Sin título (2014) by Philip Cruz "Pun 18"Museo de Arte de Bayamón

PHILIP CRUZ (PUN 18) (Bayamón, PR, 1985-2015)

Philip Cruz, known by his artistic name PUN 18, stood out in urban and mural art. 

Cruz left his mark in Bayamón by participating in the resident artist project "Las casitas", painting the official Tourist Trolley and developing one of the murals of the project "Los Muros Hablan en Bayamón" (The Walls Speak in Bayamón).

Exhibition view "HABITANTES: identidad" (2026) by Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB)Museo de Arte de Bayamón

No se puede ver lo que no se mira (2018) by Rosa Serrano SánchezMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

You can't see what you don't look at, 2018. Sculptural clay, oxide and glazes. 19" x 14" x 41⁄2". Permanent Collection, MAB. Theme: Identity.

No se puede ver lo que no se mira (2018) by Rosa Serrano SánchezMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

ROSA SERRANO SÁNCHEZ (Bayamón, PR, 1948) 

"Born, raised and resident of Bayamón, formerly known as the Pueblo del Chicharrón. My parents founded the Bayamón chicharrón factory. Proud to be from Bayamón."

De juegos y extravíos (diptych - 2) (2009) by Isabel RamírezMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Of games and misplacements (detail), 2009. Drawing on prepared wood, charcoal and makeup. 9 1⁄4" x 12". Reyes-Veray Collection. Subject: Identity.

De juegos y extravíos (diptych - 2) (2009) by Isabel RamírezMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

ISABEL RAMÍREZ PAGÁN (San Juan, PR, 1984) 

Visual artist of various disciplines, who lived in Bayamón during her youth and early college years.

Doña Futuriaca (1989) by Analida BurgosMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Doña Futuriaca, 1989. Pen, grease pencil and graphite on paper. 26" x 20". Reyes-Veray Collection. Subject: Identity

Doña Futuriaca (1989) by Analida BurgosMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

ANALIDA BURGOS (Panama, 1949)

 "I have lived in Bayamón for more than 60 years and have seen its growth and development. From my house in Hermanas Dávila I could see the countryside and the cows grazing. I studied kindergarten and first grade on Comerío Street."

"My older sister used to take my brother and me, to La Cialenia Bakery and El Sol Store. I am old now but I keep beautiful recollections in my memory, images, sounds, colors and characters."

Exhibition view. Consuelo Gotay and Yolanda Velázquez Vélez. (2022) by Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB)Museo de Arte de Bayamón

Consuelo para Reba (2017) by Yolanda Velázquez VélezMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Consolation for Reba, 2017 Woodcut 24"" x 24"" Permanent collection, MAB. Theme: identity.

Consuelo para Reba (2017) by Yolanda Velázquez VélezMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

YOLANDA VELÁZQUEZ- VÉLEZ (Bayamón, PR, 1969) 

"I was born in Bayamón in 1969. In 1987 I left Puerto Rico for a period of 13 years and then returned to the island. This is the first time I exhibit in the town where I was born".

Organivirus (tryptic - 2/3) (2020) by Raquel Quijano FelicianoMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

Organivirus(detail), 2020. PVC print printed on paper.  10" x 6" x 2". Permanent Collection, MAB. Subject: Identity. 

Organivirus (tryptic - 2/3) (2020) by Raquel Quijano FelicianoMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

RAQUEL QUIJANO FELICIANO (Arecibo, PR, 1972) 

"Bayamón brings me three memories: the schools of Dr. Francisco Oller, Dr. José Antonio Dávila, Dr. Agustín Stahl; friends I had throughout the periphery; Residencial Magnolia Gardens, Villa Contessa, Residencial Alhambra, Calle Comerio, Residencial Virgilio Dávila."

"It fills me with memories and creativity - thank you!"

Historia de Yuké, Consuelo Gotay, 2021, From the collection of: Museo de Arte de Bayamón
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History of Yuké, 2021. Engravings.  Eduardo Lalo, author of the text "History of Yuké". Camilo Carrión, framing.  Nicole Rivera, binding. Osvaldo de Jesús, Camilo Carrión, Anna Nicholson, typographic printing. Proofreading, Benjamín Muñiz Velázquez. Variable dimensions. Collection of the artist. Theme: Identity.

Historia de Yuké (2021) by Consuelo GotayMuseo de Arte de Bayamón

CONSUELO GOTAY (Bayamón, PR, 1949)

 "I was born in Bayamón and the memory of those first twenty years is the root of who I am. That's where all my education took place. That world hardly exists, it is kept inside me like a treasure."

"In that town I learned to walk, to talk, to read, to play, to believe, to think. I was a child, daughter, sister, friend, mother. Then woman, artist, teacher and even mentor to young people. I am grateful to be able to say this from Bayamón."

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MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION OF BAYAMÓN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Waleska Colón de Rivera | President
Nancy Ayala
Gladys Alonso
Maribel Avilés
Otto Reyes Casanova
Roberto Lucena
Margarita Fernández Zavala
Raphael Osuna

CURATION & EXHIBITION DESIGN | MAB TEAM
 
MAB Team
Sarabel Santos Negrón | directora
Carmen M. Rivera Rodríguez | coordinación administrativa
Darian Rosado Rosa | desarrollo de contenido
Karla Beltrán Correa | manejo y registro de colecciones, iluminación
Loriane G. Serrano Hernández | manejo y registro de colecciones
Margarita Rivera Concepción | asistencia en montaje
Quintín Rivera Toro | preparación, montaje e iluminación
Heriberto Colón Mateo | preparación y montaje
Jonathan G. Rodríguez Torres | asistencia en preparación
William Ayala Vázquez | asistencia en preparación
Pablo Pérez de Jesús | asistencia en preparación

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