Ver ArtistaDomingo Garcia


Born April 20th in Coamo, Puerto Rico.

In 1938 Domingo moves to the US with his parents. The artist went to elementary and secondary school in New York.

In 1950, got enrolled for art classes at the National Academy of New York where he met master painter Edwin Dickinson.

In 1951, the artist moved to Chicago where he registered at the Art Institute of Chicago as a student. There he met English landscapist, William Locke and then in 1952, Domingo moved to London to study painting with him for a period of five years.

In 1957 Domingo returned back to New York and had his first solo exhibition at Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California. Later that year, the artist decided to move to Puerto Rico.

In 1958 Domingo built and established Galeria Campeche in Old San Juan as a cultural and art centre for contemporary painters of the period.

From 1959 on, Domingo worked and exhibited continuously at various highly reputable galleries and institutions such as: Galeria Campeche, Instituto de Cultura Puertorrqueña (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Museum of History, Anthropology and the Arts (University of Puerto Rico) and La Casa del Arte, (San Juan, Puerto Rico).

In 1967-1968 Domingo was given a grant from La Casa del Arte (San Juan) to study and travel throughout Europe and North Africa. In 1967, he also exhibited in Galeria Moncada, Barcelona, Spain. In the year 1968 exhibited both at the Denise René Gallery in Paris, France and Marlboro New London Gallery in London.

In 1969, the artist moved back to New York where he was awarded with the renowned Guggenheim Grant in painting in 1972.

From 1972 until 1975, the artist exhibited at La Casa del Arte (San Juan, Puerto Rico), La Casa del Escritor (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Brooklyn College (New York) and Centro Nacional de las Artes (Puerto Rico).

In 1976, Domingo helped set up Cayman Gallery (New York, NY) where he also exhibited that year. The following year, Domingo was presented with the “Poster of the Year” Award by the Washington Review of the Arts (Washington, D.C.). Also that year, he exhibited at the National Collection, Washington D.C.

In 1978 Domingo travelled to Mexico and exhibited in the Palacio de Minería (Mexico, D.F.). Later that same year he exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, New York). In 1979 Domingo opened a solo show at the Museo del Barrio (New York, NY).

In 1980, the artist had begun teaching at the New School for Social Research and the Boricua College (New York, NY). That same year, He travelled to Cuba and exhibited at the Casa Las Américas (La Habana, Cuba). Later in 1980, Domingo organized the “We are a Nation/Nous Sommes une nation/Somos una Nación” exhibition at the United Nations Organization Building (New York) and was recognized by the National Endowment with the Senior Grant for Work Accomplished for the Arts.
In 1981, Domingo presented solo shows at Cayman Gallery (New York, NY), Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, ILL.).

In 1984, Domingo exhibited at Martin Molinary Gallery (Soho, NYC), Galeria Palomas (San Juan, PR) and University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, PR). Later that year, the artist lost his eye vision for a period of two months due to metal toxicity of the paints. Fortunately, he recovered the vision on one eye.

In 1985, he decided to move permanently to Puerto Rico and started building personally his own studio.

In 1987, Domingo opened a 40th Year Retrospective exhibition of his works at the Institute de Cultura Puertorrriqueña (San Juan, PR).

In 1988, Domingo founded and directed the Galeria Latinoamericana in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he also exhibited his works. Since it’s opening in 1988 until its closing in 1994, Galeria Latinoamericana was considered an influential art space for major local contemporary artists as well as a learning place for latent painters.

The nineties was a period of full activity for the artist.

From 1990-1997, Domingo taught art courses at Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, PR.
From 1990 until 1993, the artist exhibited a collection of twelve (12) large format paintings in a solo show entitled “Iconos de Nuestra Historia” which travelled throughout various important museums in the island such as: Museo de Historia, Antropología y Artes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (1991 San Juan, PR), Museo de Arte de Ponce (1992, Puerto Rico) and Museo de las Américas (1993 San Juan, PR). In 1990, he received the” Best Annual Exhibition” Award granted by the International Association of Art Critics. In 1993, Domingo exhibited at Galeria Luiggi Marozzini (1993 San Juan, PR) and in 1996, at Forum de las Artes Gallery (1996, San Juan, PR). That same year, the artist travelled to Republica Dominicana as a Special Guest representing Puerto Rico on a major international exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno. In 1998, the artist participated at the XII Biennale de Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe as a Special Guest. That same year, he travelled broadly to Europe and worked extensively in Paris (France) on a new series of lithographs and also in Pietra Santa (Italy), where he supervised the foundry of six of his new bronze sculptures. In 1999, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico exhibited Domingo’s 50th Year Retrospective. Later that year, the artist received the “Best Retrospective of the Year Award” by International Art Critics Association.

In 2005, the artist opened his 60th Year Art Retrospective Exhibit at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico while simultaneously presented a selection of his most recent works at Obra Galeria Alegria (Old San Juan, PR). Also that same year, Domingo received for the second time the “Best Retrospective of the Year Award” by the International Art Critics Association.

In 2011, Domingo was honoured at the renowned Museum of Fine Arts Houston (TX) for his contribution to Latin American Arts and on that same occasion the MFAH announced the acquisition of two of Domingo’s major works of art: “Adios Mahatma” (1988) and “Creole Woman”(1974), which are now part of the permanent collection of the MFAH.

Presently, Domingo continues working in his studio while projecting, his next “ 70th Year Retrospective”.
Videos in Spanish:

"Domingo, Destellos del Yo" (Spanish/English Translation), Second Edition, 2004. Available through his page: Domingo or Domingo Garcia Davila on Facebook<exhibicion-domingo-garcia-ems9

Exhibiciones Individuales / Solo Exhibitions

1958 Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California
1959 Galería Campeche, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1962 Instituto de Cultura Puertorrriqueña, San Juan,
Puerto Rico
1964 Museo de Historia, Antrología y Arte,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras,
Puerto Rico
1966 Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan,
Puerto Rico
1967 Galería Moncada, Barcelona, España
1968 Denise René Gallery, París, Francia
1968 Marlboro New London Gallery, Londres, Inglaterra
1971 Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1972 Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1973 Galería Colibrí, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1975 Centro Nacional de las Artes, San Juan, Puerto rico
1975 Brooklyn College, Nueva York
1976 Cayman Gallery, SOHO, Nueva York
1977 National Collection, Washington D.C.
1977 Galería Condado, Centro de Convenciones, San Juan,
Puerto Rico
1978 Galería Pirámides, Ciudad de Méxijo, México
1978 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, Nueva York
1979 El Museo del Barrio, Nueva York
1980 Casa de las Américas, La Habana , Cuba
1981 Cayman Gallery, SOHO, Nueva York
1981 Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1981 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
1984 Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez,
Puerto Rico
1984 Galería Palomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1984 Galería Martín Molinary, SOHO, Nueva York
1987 Poli-Coop Savings and Loan, Santurce, Puerto Rico
1987 Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan,
Puerto Rico
1988 Galería Latinoamericana, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1991 Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras,
Puerto Rico
1992 Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
1993 Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1994 Galería Fine Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
1996 Galería Forum de las Artes, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
1999 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico,
San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005 OBRA Galería Alegría, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2007 Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2008 OBRA Galería Alegría, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Premios / Awards

BECA otorgada por la Casa del Arte, San Juan,
para estudiar y viajar por Europa y el norte de Africa

GRANT, Casa del Arte, San Juan, to study/travel
throughout Europe and North Africa

1972 BECA Guggenheim para pintura, Nueva York

Guggenheim GRANT in painting, New York, NY

1977 BECA de viaje otorgada por el Washington Review
of the Arts al cartelista más sobresaliente del año

GRANT, Washington Review of the Arts,
for best poster design of the year

1980 SENIOR GRANT for Work Accomplished,
National Endowment for the Arts,Washington D.C.

PREMIO “Mejor Exhibición del Año”, por
“Iconos de Nuestra Historia”,
otorgado por Asociación Internacional
de Críticos de Arte (AICA)

AWARD given for “Year’s Best Solo Show”,
“Iconos de Nuestra Historia”, International Art
Critics Association (IACA), member of UNESCO

1999 DEDICATORIA por “Mejor Exhibición del Año” y
“ Mejor Retrospectiva del Año”,
Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte (AICA)

HOMAGE for “ Best Exhibition of the Year” and “ Best
Retrospective Solo Exhibition of the Year”, International
Art Critics Association (IACA), member of UNESCO

2007 PREMIO ESPECIAL otorgado por
“ Mejor Retrospectiva de Sesenta Años”,
Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte

“ Best of the Year: 60 Year Retrospective Exhibition”,
International Art Critics Association, (IACA), member of
Información de Artista
Domingo Garcia

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