My Name Is Jose Campeche
This work of art was originally meant as an illustration for a children's book that I was planning to write on Jose Campeche, the famous 18th century Puerto Rican Painter. Jose Campeche was born in San Juan on January 6th, 1752 to Tomás de Rivafrecha y Campeche (1701–1780), a freed slave born in Puerto Rico, and María Jordán y Marqués from the Canary Islands, Spain. He studied with his father, who was also a painter, decorator and dorador. From 1775 to 1778 he studied with Luis Paret, a famous Spanish painter exiled in Puerto Rico. At the time that he lived in Puerto Rico there were not a lot of people living there. The influx of settlers started coming from the mid to late 19th century, and continued even up until the early part of the 20th century.
November 16th, 2012
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