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 Melquiades Rosario  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: Puerto Rico      Known for: modernist sculpture, plastic objects, abstract series

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Following is a translation of a description of work by the artist from The Caguas Art Museum, Caguas, Puerto Rico, May 17, 2013.

Flatten Objects, Puerto Rican artist's recent sculptures, Melquiades Rosario Sastre.

Flatten Objects consists of a sample of non-traditional sculptures in which Melquiades Rosario Sastre creates an axis for creating object-intervention and plastic utensils for daily use. Wiring plumbing, buckets, bases for Christmas trees, spraying pumps, steel beams and toys have been released from their customary labels to be positioned in a new sculptural context. In this series of works, the artist builds an alphabet synthetic hybrid reaches into the figurative, while abstracting the object of ordinary knowledge we have.

With smart look and confrontation, Rosario-Sastre offers a dichotomy between bravery and insolence in a fun record amulets to a consumer society. By recycling the material Rosario-Sastre dislocates traditional formulas to offer a manifesto that overrides the common use and functionality of objects, now transformed into artifacts to be enjoyed in another dimension. From a deep defiant rebellious mentality among environmental awareness, the material is transmuted into cynical ode and mutilates subverts the idea of the object. Carefully on the invoice, the plastic has been painted forgotten since finishing safely buried under the soil that sustains us. This action reaffirms the object or debris in a continuum of time consistent and present. The result of these constructions is a vibrant playful color sample evidence ingenuity and creative strength of the master sculptor.

The sculptor Melquiades Rosario Sastre was born in 1953 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. He had his artistic training at the School of Fine Arts of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan, and perfected in the Art Students' League in New York. In 1982 he founded the Association of Sculptors of Puerto Rico, who still presides.

In 1985 he made his first solo exhibition and presented his first sculptural installation in the mentioned Institute of Culture. Since then he has presented numerous solo exhibitions and installations and participated in major group exhibitions, including the most recent, the Third Biennial of Sculpture in Metal, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (2003) and Poly / Graphic Triennial in San Juan, Latin America and Caribbean (2004). In 1989 he received the Fellowship Pollock & Krasner Foundation, New York, in 1993, the First Prize, Second National Competition, Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, Santurce, and in 1999, the Medal for Artistic Excellence APAP-AHP- UNESCO.

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Melquiades Rosario was born in Morovis, Puerto Rico. He started his studies in 1976 at the School of Fine Arts of the Puerto Rican Culture Institute in San Juan.  In 1981, he enrolled in The Art Students League of New York. He founded the Association of Puerto Rican Sculptors in 1982.


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