Augusto Marín (R.I.P.) (1921-2011) – Augusto Marín was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1921 and today we honor him as one of the most relevant Puerto Rican painters of the second half of the 20th century. At the early age of 12, his artistic talent won a scholarship to study drawing in the studio of the distinguished Spanish artist Alejandro Sánchez Felipe.
While Marín served in the Second World War (1943-1945), he created “Polito”, a series of comics published in the military Stars & Stripe newspaper and in the newspaper El Mundo (The World) in Puerto Rico, which described his experiences as a Puerto Rican soldier in the U.S. Army. From 1949 till 1955, he studied painting, drawing and design at the Student’s Art League in New York, under the tutelage of recognized artists such as Harry Stenberg, Ivan Olinsky, John Corbino and Reginald Marsh. He continued his studies at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA, where he majored in mural design.
He later studied polychrome stained glass techniques with the great teacher Arnaldo Maas in San Juan, perfecting his talent for the technique in the studio of Henri Mesterom in Maastrich, Holland. He completed his studies in 1983 when he finished his coursework in stone lithography in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
He worked as painting and design professor for 15 years at the School of Fine Arts of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, in San Juan, and in 1987 culminated his work as a college level professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Regional College of Carolina. The murals of Marin give great character and beauty to the public and private buildings in Puerto Rico, such as the: Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in Santurce, the Surfside Mansions condominium at Isla Verde, the Laguna Gardens commercial center at Carolina, the Searle company building at Caguas, the Department of Housing building at Hato Rey, the murals at the Juan Ramón Jiménez School in Bayamón and the facilities at the Colegio de Abogados (PR Bar Association building) at Miramar.
His work has been presented in over 80 expositions in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Germany, Monaco and the United States, and has received national and international prizes. Today Marin’s work is exhibited in private collections and in museums, such as: the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the Museum of Modern Art of New York, Galería Nacional de San Juan, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, El Museo del Barrio, New York, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, Museo de Arte de Bayamon, Puerto Rico, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, and the International Collection of Art of Robert Kemm, in Beverly Hills, California. He was awarded the 2004 National Award of Culture of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.
In his later years, he worked with a variety of sculptures, lithographs and silkscreens at Pietra Santa (Italy), Paris and Mexico. At the present, FAAM and the Augusto Marin Sucession continues to forge his great artistic legacy through these graphic editions, promoting the growth and evolution of Puerto Rican and Latin American cultures.
Legacy of Marín works
In 2010, the Foundation of the Arts Augusto Marín (FAAM) was created to preserve the legacy of prominent Puerto Rican artists, support them in their later years and exhibit their work internationally through expositions and publications. The foundation’s priority is to create publications and projects that will enrich our educational system locally and internationally specially in cities of the U.S. that have high concentrations of hispanic populations