The Frailty of Strength and vice-versa by Tiago

Date Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:00pm -
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00pm
Contact N/A


September 20th, 6pm

THE FRAILTY OF STRENGTH and vice-versa is a collaborative installation that will visit the cities of Chicago, West Palm Beach, Connecticut, Boston and New York before arriving to San Juan, Puerto Rico. This exhibit is a last-ditch effort to bring closure and help spring forth funding for the Center for Investigative Journalism in their (and our) quest to find the truth by confronting the Government of Puerto Rico on this regard.

With this exhibit Tiago intends to erase the anonymity of the 911 dead victims of Hurricane María, by manifesting their presence through a conceptually symbolic artistic form. 

About the artist:

In essence, Tiago is a Puerto Rican painter and university professor at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico (School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico). He has been working non-stop on the relief efforts for Puerto Rico becoming the Co-Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee of the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago after being displaced due to the brunt of Hurricane Maria in 2017. During that process he became the Artist in Residence at The Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago and soon after at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Tiago has worked in a myriad of mediums seeking different forms of expressions such as film, music, sculpture, graphic arts, graphic design, and street art amongst others.

During the past few years he has focused on creating collective art projects that center on social issues and pivot around the concept of empathy and solidarity.

Through his two-dimensional work he proposes to rethink humankind from history. Tiago places his paintings within an artistic current that is concerned with the existence of humankind in a world increasingly alien to her and his natural essences. In that sense, he intends to delve into an intellectual discourse that, from color and pigment, allows him to challenge with his brush the most established sociological concepts.

Tiago earned a BA in Fine Arts from Marist College in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore under the tutelage of Grace Hartigan and Sam Gilliam. 

The exhibit on the media:

Puerto Rico Art News

Social Justice News

Chicago Reader

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center


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