Carlos Raquel Rivera
After his World War II service, in 1946, Carlos Raquel Rivera (CAR) returned to Puerto Rico. He studied formal art at the Edna Coll Academy of Art from 1947 to 1949. While at the academy he studied under Hurtado de Mendoza, Ángel Botello, Tomás Fuentes, Nino Sparaccino and Federico Enjuto. In 1950, CAR worked in the Juan Rosado Sign Workshop where he learned the art of drawing letters, and participated in the founding of the Puerto Rican Art Center, whose purpose was to develop and promote the identity of the Puerto Ricans through art. In 1954 CAR began working as an illustrator and poster designer in the Graphic Workshop of the Division of Community Education (DivEdCo). There he remained until 1964. During his tenure with DivCoEd, in 1960, he began to collaborate with the newspaper Claridad, as a designer and illustrator of articles. In 1992 CAR organized the tenth San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean along with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. CAR is recognized for being one of the most vigorous exponents of engraving in Puerto Rico and received Puerto Rico’s National Culture Award.
There are other works by Carlos Raquel Rivera available for acquisition and research not presented below.