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Keynote Addresses: Consuelo Gotay & Nelson Sambolín

Event Type: General Conference


Consuelo Gotay

Bayamón, PR, 1949
Printmaker, designer, and teacher. Gotay graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 1970 and completed her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York in 1971. She began as an apprentice in the Graphics Workshop of the School of Architecture, with José A. Torres Martino as her teacher, and in Lorenzo Homar’s studio. She also studied printing at the Bernardino Cordero Bernard Vocational School in Ponce and at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She studied non-toxic printmaking with Keith Howard in Canada. Her teaching, in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has been ongoing, and significant. Her work has been awarded prizes and honorable mentions throughout her career. She works in silkscreen, linoprints, and woodcuts, does font design, and has created artists’ portfolios and books in which image, word, and design mesh. Her prints tend to be poetic portrayals of the local landscape using textures and elegant lines.

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.