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Lorenzo Homar

Born: San Juan, 1913

Born in San Juan, PR, in 1913, engraver, painter, and printmaker Lorenzo Homar studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Museum's School of Art, and Art Students League, all in NY. He worked as a jewelry designer for House of Cartier, and was a founding member of Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño. From 1952-57, he was director of graphic workshops of División de Educación a la Comunidad, San Juan, PR, and Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña from 1957-73, which developed into a resource for discovering young talent.

Homar, born to Spanish parents, was born in Puerta de Tierra, in San Juan. His father was a social events promoter, and his mother an accomplished piano player, thus from a very early age he began to appreciate art in many forms.

In 1928 he moves to New York city with his family. He enrolls in school, but then drops out due to economic reasons. He then starts working in a textile factory.

During World War II he enrolls in the army, where he is wounded. He then returns to work for Cartier and starts going to the Brooklyn School of Art.

Upon his return to Puerto Rico in 1950, he co-founds, together with the artists Rafael Tufiño, José Antonio Torres Martinó, and Félix Rodríguez Báez, the Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño. Two years later he is named Director of the Graphics Studio of the Graphic Art Division of the Department of Community Education where he produces most of his graphic output. He designs the logo of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and in 1957 he establishes their
Graphic Art Workshop where he remains for the next 15 years, leaving in 1975 to establish his own painting studio.

Among the many honors Lorenzo Homar has received, in 1978 the Ponce Art Museum organizes a retrospective exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchases a number of his works and the University of Puerto Rico grants him a Doctorate "Honoris Causa". the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture awarded Lorenzo Homar The National Medal of Honor in 2003.

On 16 February 2004 Homar died "conscious and talking", surrounded by family. His widow, Dorothy, writes how, after cremation: "We celebrated his life and scattered his ashes in the sea as he wanted. A large groupof the kids that worked with him on the beach assembled at Ocean Park and threw roses in the water. He had a large group of all people -- whatever they did."

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