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 Domingo Garcia  (1930 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois/New York / Puerto Rico      Known for: modernist painting

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Born in Coamo, Puerto Rico in 1932, Domingo García is a painter, sculptor and printmaker with a career spanning six decades. He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design in New York and with William Locke in London.

In the year 1958, he established the Campeche Gallery in the Old San Juan, where artists of the period exhibited their works and new emerging ones studied painting with Domingo. Domingo’s work integrated in the artistic movement of the country, in painting, engraving and sculpture but also as promoting the arts.

In 1988, he founded the Latin-American Gallery, in Old San Juan, which became a centre of culture and sponsorship of the arts.  In 1972  he received the Guggenheim Foundation Scholarship in painting. 

In 1998-1999 the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico held a retrospective exhibit titled "Domingo García: 50 Years - Selected Works" of his paintings and sculptures done from the '40s to the '90s. 

In 2007, the artist opened a 60th Year Art Retrospective Exhibit at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico,while simultaneously presenting a selection of his most recent work at Obra Galeria Alegria (Old San Juan, PR).  That same year, Domingo received for the second time the “Best Retrospective of the Year Award” by the International Art Critics Association.

In 2011, Domingo was honored in a reception for his contribution to Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  Simultaneously the institution acquired two of Domingo's paintings: Adios Mahatma and La Mujer Criolla  to their permanent Latin American collection.  Domingo’s career spans six decades. He has exhibited internationally and is represented in several major world museums.

Exhibiciones Individuales / Solo Exhibitions

1958 Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California
1959 Galería Campeche, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1962 Instituto de Cultura Puertorrriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1964 Museo de Historia, Antrología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
1966 Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1967 Galería Moncada, Barcelona, España
1968 Denise René Gallery, París, Francia
1968 Marlboro New London Gallery, Londres, Inglaterra
1971 Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1972 Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1973  Galería Colibrí, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1975  Centro Nacional de las Artes, San Juan, Puerto rico
1975  Brooklyn College, Nueva York
1976  Cayman Gallery, SOHO, Nueva York
1977  National Collection, Washington D.C.
1977  Galería Condado, Centro de Convenciones, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1978  Galería Pirámides, Ciudad de Méxijo, México
1978  Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, Nueva York
1979  El Museo del Barrio, Nueva York
1980  Casa de las Américas, La Habana , Cuba
1981  Cayman Gallery, SOHO, Nueva York
1981  Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1981  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
1984  Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
1984  Galería Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1984  Galería Martín Molinary, SOHO, Nueva York
1987  Poli-Coop Savings and Loan, Santurce, Puerto Rico
1987  Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1988  Galería Latinoamericana, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1991  Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
1992  Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
1993  Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1994  Galería Fine Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
1996  Galería Forum de las Artes, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
1999  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005  OBRA Galería Alegría, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2007  Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2008  OBRA Galería Alegría, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Premios / Awards

1967-68  GRANT, Casa del Arte, San Juan, to study/travel throughout Europe and North Africa

1972 Guggenheim Scholarship for painting, New York, NY

1977 GRANT, Washington Review of the Art for best poster design of the year

1980  SENIOR GRANT for Work Accomplished, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C.

1990  AWARD given for “Year’s Best Solo Show”,  “Iconos de Nuestra Historia”, International Art Critics Association (IACA), member of UNESCO

1999  HOMAGE, “Best Exhibition of the Year” and “Best Year’s  Retrospective", International Art Critics Association (IACA), member of UNESCO

2007  SPECIAL AWARD given for “ Best of the Year:  60 Year Retrospective Exhibition”,International Art Critics Association, (IACA), member of UNESCO

2011  HOMAGE for his contribution to Latin American Art and the acquisition of two of his paintings for the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, June 2011

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