Jose R. Aponte

PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series
Monday, September 30, 12:15 p.m.1:00 p.m.
280 S. Columbus Drive, Room 319


Born in Puerto Rico in 1968 and educated in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico), Central America (Nicaragua, El Salvador), Spain and USA.I have been working pithing several institutions related to the Roman Catholic Church within seventeen of the last nineteen years of my life.

My practice is based on ephemerality and the interest of transcendence. My nomadic lifestyle brought me to adopt painting as the most adequate medium to develop my artistic interest and perspective into materiality.

My main subject is landscape, especially, tropical landscapes; I respond to the sense of abundance, exuberance and vulnerability of those landscapes. Coming from Puerto Rico, I have a sense of urgency, and a deep awareness of the stress that human beings put on the environment and the lack of sensitivity and respect for all the forms of  life that surround us. I follow the depiction of the energies within nature and use colors to express such energies. I have been influenced by German expressionism, particularly, Franz Marc and Kandinsky.

I adopted Gregory Amenoff’s statement: “Landscape, as an idea, has to do with longing. Paintings are alternate worlds-worlds unto themselves, manifested by each artist to satisfy a desire to fill a void.”* Actually I am more interested in exploring the mark marking process and the fragmentation of the form.


*Samet, Jennifer. “Beer with a Painter: Gregory Amenoff.”  January 16, 2016


Image Details:

Pueblo, 24" x 24", Oil on canvas, 2018