Cartel Commemorativo


Image: 24.5″ x 14″
Paper: 30” x 18”


Screenprint on paper

About the Artist

Nelson Sambolín
Born Salinas, PR, 1944

Printmaker, graphic designer, painter, draftsman, and teacher. Sambolín graduated with a BFA from the University of Puerto Rico in 1970, having studied under Luisa Geigel, John Balossi, and Carlos Marichal. In 1983 he completed his master’s degree at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In the seventies, with Rafael Rivera Rosa and René Pietri, he founded the Taller Bija, after having founded other studios such as Quinqué. Taller Bija triggered a great transformation in Puerto Rican graphic arts, which began to take on a more conceptual cast. Sambolín now works at the University of Puerto Rico, making commemorative posters and other materials for Río Piedras Campus activities, and teaching in the schools of Architecture and Public Communication. His posters may be found in important collections, including the Library of Congress. Music, particularly Afro-Caribbean and jazz, is central to his graphics and fine arts work. His graphic work is also distinguished by its lettering, which he himself designs, as well as by the free, open lines of the drawing and the purified, clean, stylized designs that highlight the compositional spaces.