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Keepers of Heritage: Hidden Tales / Custodios de la Herencia: Cuentos Ocultos

August 3, 2023 - October 15, 2023


Keepers of Heritage: Hidden Tales / Custodios de la Herencia: Cuentos Ocultos will feature Puerto Rican artists and focus on bringing to light stories and ideas that have been overshadowed or disregarded by mainstream narratives.

Embracing the exploration of old and new ideas, artists play a vital role in pushing boundaries, challenging societal norms, and provoking discussions on taboo and controversial topics. The exhibition artwork examines and reflects on a diversity of subjects, beliefs, and stories that have been censured over the years, allowing visitors to reflect on how narratives and perspectives continually evolve.

The exhibition showcases original work in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, and engraving by renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Florida, and New York such as Brenda Cruz, Domingo Garcia, Martin Garcia Rivera, and Rafael Rivera Rosa.

Meet the Collective

Keepers of Heritage – Custodios de la Herencia

Keepers of Heritage is an extended collaborative effort whose purpose is to document, present and promote the contributions of artists of Puerto Rican artists in the Caribbean archipelago and abroad. Its roots go back to 2015 with the presentation of the “La Diaspora” exhibition at the Terrace Gallery in Orlando City Hall. Since then, the collective has expanded and traveled to institutions such as the National Museum for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Chicago, the Appleton Museum of Art…… Read More

Events Surrounding Exhibition

Keepers of Heritage: Hidden Tales Opening Reception / Custodios de la Herencia: Cuentos Ocultos Recepción de Inauguración

You’re invited to attend an opening reception for the Keepers of Heritage: Hidden Tales Exhibition / Custodios de la Herencia: Cuentos Ocultos Exhibición happening Saturday, August 5 from 6pm – 8pm…. Read More


The artists are Brenda Cruz, Alejandro De Jesús, Jose Feliciano Bonilla, Carmelo Fontanez Cortijo, Domingo García, Francisco García Burgos, Martin García Rivera, Michael Irrizary Pagán, Yasir Nieves, Juan Nieves Burgos, Angel Rivera Morales, Rafael Rivera Rosa, Carmen Rojas Gines, Pablo Rubio, Aby Ruiz, Gilbert Salinas, Joan Emanuelli Sánchez, Luis Soto, Valentín Tirado Barreto, and Rigoberto Torres.

Alejandro De Jesús

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Alejandro De Jesús was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico but grew up in the town of Caguas. As a child he drew and painted all the images he liked: super heroes, faces, cars, monsters and the like. He remembers doing many illustrations at his grade school before every holiday. At the age of ten… Read More

Ángel Rivera-Morales

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Ángel Rivera-Morales is originally from the Caimito, a vicinity on the southern outskirts of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1999, he entered the University of Puerto Rico where he obtained a degree in Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in Fine Arts. From 2006 to 2012, his works were exhibited in various art galleries and museums around the island…. Read More

Brenda Cruz

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Brenda Amaryllis Cruz Díaz was born on January 14, 1974, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a multidisciplinary artist, historian and researcher based in Madrid, Spain since 1997. Cruz began her university education at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus where in 1996 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Plastic Arts. and specialization in painting, engraving and art history. She moved to Madrid to continue his studies in…… Read More

Carmelo Fontanez-Cortijo

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Carmen Rojas Ginés

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Carmen Rojas Ginés, born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is a Sculptor, Painter, and ArtTeacher.She grew up under the creative influence of her grandmother Magdalena,a Haute Couture Designer. Graduating from the University of Puerto Rico,… Read More

Domingo Garcia-Davila

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Domingo es uno de los artistas más reconocidos en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo. Comenzó su carrera en la Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes de Nueva York y en el Chicago Art Institute, y más tarde estudió pintura en Inglaterra con William Locke. A su regreso a Puerto Rico en 1959 estableció Taller-Galería Campeche, que dirigió durante nueve años. También contribuyó al establecimiento de Galería Cayman en Nueva York en 1976 y de Galería Latinoamericana en San Juan en 1988. Ha…… Read More

Francisco GarcÍa Burgos

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Puerto  Rican painter, native of Juana  Diaz town.   He received his  Master’s of Arts degree at the  Catholic University of Puerto  Rico.   His work,  basically religious, is a critic of society.  His works are found in innumerable private and public collections in  Puerto  Rico and other countries…. Read More

Gilbert Salinas

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Gilbert Salinas (Boston, Mass., 1972; Lives and works in Orlando, FL & San Juan, PR)Painter and printmaker. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities with a concentration in Fine Arts: Painting, from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He has shown his works in museums, galleries… Read More

Joan Emanuelli Sanchez

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Joan Emanuelli Sanchez is a Contemporary Realism Artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, now residing in Orlando, Florida.

His distinctive personal style emanates from passion and emotion, which portrays numerous perspectives on various subjects in oils, bringing to life, scenic landscapes, interior scenes, portraits, still life, and everyday people…. Read More

Jose Feliciano

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José Feliciano nació en Isabela, Puerto Rico, en 1939. Tenía solo cinco años cuando su familia se mudó a Nueva York. José estudió en la Liga de Estudiantes de Arte en New York City. Su experiencia incluye haber sido Artista para Joe Papp’s Public Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House’s en la producción de “Antonio y Cleopatra,” y “La Flauta Mágica” diseñada por Marc Chagall. También diseñó escenografías para Off Broadway Theater, para películas y television. José fué tambien artista residente en…… Read More

Luis Soto

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Luis Manuel Soto López was born in Camuy Arriba, in the El Calvario sector of Puerto Rico in 1964. He completed his higher education in drafting drawings at the Vocational School Antonio Luchetti in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. His formal training began in 1983 with Puerto Rican artist Roland Borges (who taught classes in his garage), who later became his mentor … Read More

Martín García-Rivera

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Draftsman, Printmaker, Painter Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1960. BA University of Puerto Rico. MFA Pratt Institute, New York. Associate Cathedratic at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus…. Read More

Michael Irrizary-Pagan

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Michael Irrizary Pagan was born in New York City. His family was filled with artists and craftsmen. I believe that I was born into the right environment; my mother would always have clay, pencils, and small things to stimulate creativity, along with all the family members involved in making some form of art. “I never attended a formal art school. My schools were the many art galleries and museums of New York City. I would have to say that I…… Read More

Pablo Rubio

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1944, Pablo Rubio is a sculptor, painter, draftsman, designer, curator, and professor. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in art at the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts and a Master’s Degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. He now teaches at the University of Puerto Rico…. Read More

Rafael Rivera Rosa

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Rafael Rivera-Rosa was born in Comerío, Puerto Rico in 1942. He is a painter, graphic artist, digital artist, graphic designer, and retired university professor. Rivera-Rosa studied with the artists of the “Fifties Generation,” among them,… Read More

Rigoberto Torres

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Yasir Nieves

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Yasir Nieves was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and he began drawing at an early age. He develops freehand drawings in ink, pencil, and charcoal. After mastering the skills of pencil drawing, charcoal drawing, and engraving, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Painting) from the Rio Piedras Campus in PR…. Read More


August 3, 2023
October 15, 2023
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