Arnaldo Roche Rabell, n. 1955

Arnaldo Roche Rabell was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. His family moved to Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, shortly after his birth. Interested in art as a child, he began formal artistic studies at the Escuela Superior Lucchetti, Santurce, in 1969. Upon graduation he enrolled in the Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, where he studied architecture, design and illustration from 1974 to 1978. He moved to Chicago in 1979 to pursue a career as a painter. Roche Rabell received a B.F.A. in 1982 and a M.F.A. in 1984 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was influenced by the artists Ray Yoshida and Richard Keane and by the art historian Robert Loescher. Since the late 1970s he has created expressionistic paintings, prints and pastels featuring the human figure. Utilizing a complex technique, he rubs paint on an unprepared canvas draped over a nude model or object, or alternatively, scrapes paint from a similarly draped canvas. His best-known self-portraits are large, close-up images of his face. One person exhibitions of his work have been organized by the Museo de Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1984; the Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1986; the InterAmerican Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, 1989 and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, México, 1993. He also has participated in the most important Latinamerican Art exhibitions worldwide.