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Kissimmee City Hall Features “Fine Artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora” Exhibition

Post Date:11/08/2016 4:14 PM

The City of Kissimmee is featuring professional artists of the “Fine Artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora” during the months of November and December at Kissimmee City Hall.

The “Fine Artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora” is a dynamic group of professional artists who reside in Central Florida, bound together by a common goal -  to share and showcase their works of art in and outside the boundaries of Florida.  Their primary objective is to open new venues to emerging and established artists who represent Puerto Rico through their art. This encounter is the result of migrations from Puerto Rico to the United States.  Some of them are Puerto Ricans born or raised in New York where they experienced life in the big city, where they were touched by  the fine art collections displayed in museums and galleries there.  For these artists, their paintings approach topics related to their homeland with touches of the urban setting. They arrived in Orlando and surrounding areas attracted by the beauty of the region and its familiar, warm temperatures. The other members of this collective group came straight from Puerto Rico to live in Florida.

Other artists were heirs of a strong Puerto Rican artistic tradition with a history of nearly four hundred years.  This tradition started with the renowned painter Jose Campeche, continued with Francisco Oller and kept evolving along the twentieth century.  During this time different generations of artists from Puerto Rico traveled to The United States, Mexico and Europe to study fine art in renown, academic institutions. They returned to Puerto Rico and became mentors to younger generations. The phenomena of Puerto Rican people, coming to the United States of America and looking for better opportunities, has made it  possible for  this group of gifted artists to unite in a common cause in Central Florida. They remain proud of their origin and do their best to showcase to the world the art of “The Puerto Rican Diaspora.” The ultimate goal is to deliver a message to all generations everywhere, on the importance of all the arts in all societies.

The work of Pedro Brull, Jose Feliciano, Felipe Morales, Yasir Nieves, “Meri” Maria Ramos, Angel Rivera, Carmen Rojas and Jose Sanchez is displayed on all five floors of Kissimmee City Hall. The exhibit can be viewed by the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  City Hall is located at 101 Church Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741.

For more information about “Fine Artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora”,  please visit http://www.ladiasporapr.com

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