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Augusto Marin

 (1921 - 2011)
Augusto Marin was active/lived in Puerto Rico.  Augusto Marin is known for mural painting, sculpture, lithography, silkscreen.

Augusto Marin

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Biography from the Archives of askART

Augusto Marin was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1921, and became well known in Puerto Rican as a painter of the 20th century. At the age of twelve his talent earned him a scholarship to study painting at the workshop of Spanish artist, Sánchez Felipe. While serving in the Army during World World II (1943-1945), he created Polito, a comic strip published in the newspaper El Mundo. Marin used this strip to describe the experiences of the Puerto Rican soldier and his daily life in the American military.

From 1949 to 1955 he took courses in advanced studies in painting, drawing and design at the Arts Students League of New York, under the tutelage of Harry Stenberg, Ivan Olinsky, John Corbino and Reginald Marsh. Marin continued his studies at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he specialized in mural design. He later studied stained glass techniques with the master Arnaldo Maas in San Juan, perfecting this craft later in the workshop of Henri Mesterom in Maastrich, Holland. Marin finally completed his lengthy art education in 1983, when he took a graduate course in lithography at the University of Notre Dame. He also had an academic career. He served as a professor of painting and design at the School of Fine Arts of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture in San Juan, and in 1987 began teaching as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico's Carolina campus.

Marin's murals give great character and beauty to public and private buildings all over Puerto Rico. Some of these can be found at the following locations: the Luis A. Ferré Center of Fine Arts in Santurce, the Surfside Mansions condominium in Isla Verde, the commercial center at Laguna Gardens in Carolina, the Searle building in Caguas and the Colegio de Abogados complex in Miramar.

Marin's work has been presented in more than seventy expositions in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Germany, Monaco and the United States. Today his art is exhibited in private collections and museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, the Museum of the University of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture and the Puerto Rican Arts and Sciences Association in San Juan; the Museum of Art in Ponce; and the International Collection of Robert Kemm in Beverly Hills, California. He was awarded the 2004 National Prize of Culture by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture.

In his later years, Marin has worked on various sculptures, lithography and silk screens in Pietra Santa, Paris and Mexico. He continues to forge his great artistic legacy by means of graphic editions of his work, in this manner contributing to the growth and evolution of Puerto Rican and Latin American culture.

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Following is the obituary of the artist, posted April 15, 2011 on

Augusto Marin, 89, one of Puerto Rico's best-known painters and muralists, died Thursday at a hospital in San Juan of complications from a lung infection.

Gov. Luis Fortuno ordered flags on the island lowered to half-staff for three days to mark the death of an artist considered among the leading Puerto Rican painters.

Mr. Marin had a long artistic career but was best known for large paintings and murals in the modern style that blended Caribbean and religious elements, said Jose Alegria, director of San Juan's Obra gallery. "All the top collectors [in Puerto Rico] have a painting of his," Alegria said.

His murals adorn public and private buildings around Puerto Rico, including a shopping center near the island's main airport and a condominium complex in the tourist zone of Isla Verde.

Born in San Juan, Mr. Marin studied art as a child. While serving in the Army during World War II, he published a comic strip in an island newspaper about the experiences of a Puerto Rican soldier and his daily life in the military, according to a biography posted on his website.

He served as a professor of painting and design at the School of Fine Arts of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture in San Juan, and as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico's Carolina campus. - AP

The above information was submitted by Stephanie Reeves, Fine Art Professional

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About  Augusto Marin

Born:  1921 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died:   2011 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Known for:  mural painting, sculpture, lithography, silkscreen