For a few years now, I have known that I wanted to paint a series of portraits of Puerto Ricans. I feel that more than ever, visibility is important for Puerto Ricans. The fate of our island is being decided by a Fiscal Control Board. This, is the real disaster that preceded hurricane Maria by a couple of years. While there are many economic recovery efforts under way, Puerto Ricans everywhere exist largely outside of the public’s consciousness. This series aims to open a space where our status as colonial subjects can be considered. Along the way, it might introduce our tremendous diversity to others.
How did you paint 16 portraits in six weeks?
I don’t work from photos. My models are live, but I work fast. I believe paintings made with someone posing are fresher and more alive than the portraits I painted each of the 16 portraits measuring 36 x 36 in (91 x 91 cm) in four hours, but I put in an hour or two of revisions later for some of them.
My college friends found sitters that could pose at their home. I documented my progress in a blog that I shared with project backers. I do not plan to sell all the paintings, because I would like for them to travel together and become a catalyst for the discussion of Puerto Rican issues.
How did you pay for this series?
Thanks to more than 120 backers, my Kickstarter campaign reached its funding goal. I raised more than $8,000 for the island part of the project. This money paid for canvasses, transportation, a stipend to the sitters, and the cost of shipping the paintings back to the Bay Area. Completing and showing this series will cost $12,000 per my calculations.
Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez is painting an amazing portrait series! Check out her project at http://www.garcia-gonzalez.com #puertorico #latinxart #portraitpainting
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I want to share the work of Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, who painted 16 portraits of Puerto Ricans living in the island. Check out her project at http://www.garcia-gonzalez.com Thanks for reading!