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Give him wheels and he will run (2013)

Oil on Canvas  

84” x 180”


Give Him Wings and He Will Fly (2013)

Oil on Canvas  

84” x 180”

Sunflower Flooded Field (2011)

Oil on Canvas  

72" x 72”




San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1955


Academic Background

1984          MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1982          BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1974-78    Studies in Architecture, UPR, Puerto Rico


Awards and Grants

2006    The Best Museum Solo Show Award, Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006    Award Winner of AICA Special Prize, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998    Award Winner, Primera Bienal Internacional, Cumaná, Venezuela

1991    Award in the Visual Arts 10

1989    Painting Prize, Segunda Bienal Internacional de Pintura, Cuenca, Ecuador

1982    James Nelson Raymond Traveling Fellowship, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

1981    Lincoln Award, Illinois State Government


Selected Solo Shows

2010-11    Bayamon Museum of Art, Bayamon, PR.                         

2009          Azul/ Blue, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009-08    Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Museum of Latin American Art MOLAA, Long Beach , California

2008          Recent Works, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

2008          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida

2008          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Chicago Cultural Center , Chicago, Illinois

2007          Arnaldo Roche: New Work, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida

2006          Obra reciente, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá

2005          Obra reciente, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

2004          At the Edge of Religion, Walter Otero Gallery, Puerto Rico

2003          Cain: The Stolen Landscape, Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2003          Fraternos, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico

2002          Fraternos, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

1996          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell -The Uncommonwealth, Anderson Gallery, Virginia

                  Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

                   Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania

                   Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada/ Kranner Art Museum, University of Illinois,

                   Urbana, Chicago

1996          Face to Face, George Adams Gallery, New York, New York

1995          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Museo de Arte Moderno, México D.F., México

1994          Fuegos, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994          The Legacy, Frumkin / Adams Gallery, New York, New York

1993          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, México

1993          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell: Recent Works, Frumkin / Adams Gallery, New York

1992          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

1992          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Galería Alejandro Gallo, México, D.F., México

1991          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Frumkin / Adams Gallery, New York, New York

1991          Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1991          Frenetic Dreams, Organization of American States, Washington, D.C.

1990          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Frumkin / Adams Gallery, New York, New York

1989          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989          The Art of Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Struve Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1988          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, St. Louis Galllery of Contemporary Art, Saint Louis, Missouri

1986          Eventos, milagros y visiones, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de                            Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1984          Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Ponce Museum of Art , Ponce, Puerto Rico


Selected Group Show

2013          Pinta 13 (UP COMING)

2013          Chaco 13

2012-13    Caribbean: Crossroads of the World

2013          Puerto Rico.. Puertas al paisaje

2010–09   Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Tennessee

                   The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C./ The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y.

2008          Visiones: 20th Century Latin Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida

2007          Selection of the Permanent Collection, Nassau County Museum, New York

2005-06    Portrait, El Museo del Barrio, New York/ San Diego Museum of Art, California/ Bass        

                   Museum of Art, Florida

                  The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. / San Antonio
                   Museum of Art, Texas

2005          Figuratively Speaking, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida

2005          Go Figure, Multi-Cultural Aspects of the Human Form. Selections from the Permanent    

                   Collection, Lowe Art Museum, Florida

2004          Contemporary Art From the Diane and Bruce Hall Collection, Tucson Museum of Art,

                   Tucson, Arizona

2003          Paradise Lost? Aspects of Landscape in Latin American Art, Lowe Art Museum at the

                   University of Miami, Miami, Florida

2003          Urbanity Humanity: Acquisitions and Selections from the Permanent Collection, Bronx                          Museum, Bronx, New York

2002          Crisis Response, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode


2002          I Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida

2001          Humor and Rage, Caixa Fundation Catalunya, Barcelona, España

2001          Contemporary Latino Art in the United States, National Hispanic Cultural Center of New                       Mexico, New Mexico.

2000          The Latin Caribbean: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Museum of Latin

                   American Art, Long Beach, California

1998          Primera Bienal Internacional, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Cumaná, Venezuela

1998          XXXème Festival International de la Peinture, Chateau Grimaldi, Cagnes-Sur-Mer,


1997          Absolut Art Biennial Invitational, Los Angeles, California

1996          Art in Chicago, 1945-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

1996          Going Places, Summer Group Show, George Adams Gallery, New York, New York

1995          The Reconstructed Figure: The Human Image in Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of

                    Art, New York

1995          Arts 1995, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

1995          Janssen Collection of Contemporary European and American Art, Jones Museum of Art

                   of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

1994          American Realism-Figurative Painting, Cline Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1994          Selections from the Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington,


1993          Carib Art: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean, Curaçao National Commission for

                    UNESCO, Netherlands Antilles

1992-93    Latin American Artists of the XXth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York

                   Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France/ Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

1992          Cruciformed: Images of the Cross-Since 1980, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art,

                   Cleveland, Ohio

1992          Uncommon Ground: Contemporary Latin American Art, Art Gallery of The College at New

                   Paltz, New York

1992          Encounters, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1991          Awards in the Visual Arts 10, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian                          Institution, Washington, D.C.

                    Albuquerque Museum of Art, History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico/ The

                   Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

1991          Art and Architecture at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago, Illinois

1990          The Awakening, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut

1990          The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980's, Museum of Contemporary

                   Hispanic Art

                   The Studio Museum, The New Museum, New York, New York

1990          National Drawings Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center; Little Rock, Arkansas.

1990          Signs of the Self: Changing Perceptions, Woodstock Artists Association, Inc., Woodstock,

                   New York.

1989          Chicago Artists in the European Tradition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,


1989          Painting Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, Cuenca , Ecuador

1987          Hispanic Art in the United States; Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, The    

                   Museum of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.

                   The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                   Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, México, D.F., México, Los Angeles County

                   Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

                   The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

1987          Art of the Fantastic - 1920-1987, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; The

                   Queens Museum, Queens, New York

                   Center of the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, México,

                   D.F., México.

1987          XIX São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil.

1987          15th Competition & Exhibition, The Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois.

1987          Recent Developments in Latin American Drawings, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,


1986          Made in America; The Great Lakes States, Alternative Museum, New York, New York.

1986          Contemporary Works on Paper, Struve Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

1984          Portrait Look-Alikes, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.

1983          The Big Pitcher; 20 Years of Abstracted Figure in Chicago Art, Hyde Park Art                                  Center,Chicago, Illinois.


Selected  Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Hirshhorn Museum, Painting and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Archer Huntington Art Gallery, Austin, Texas

RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island

De la Cruz Collection, Miami, Florida

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida

Bronx Museum, New York

Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida

Museum of Fine Art, Caracas, Venezuela

Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island City, New York

Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, Illinois

Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Espacio 1414 Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company Collection, Chicago, Illinois.

Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Co., Chicago, Illinois.                                  

Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, RD.                                                           

Fundación Cultural de México, Mexico City, Mexico.                                                     

Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL                                                                                  

SADA Collection, Monterrey, México

Leipziger Volkszeitung Collection, Leipzig, Germany

Mexico Cultural Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Halle Collection, Tucson Arizona

Bacardi Art Foundation, Miami, Florida

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Museum of Contemporary Art Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

Museum of Modern Art , Cuenca, Ecuador

Museo del Barrio, New York, New York

Ponce Museum of Art, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Cisneros Capital Group Collection, Miami, Florida

Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts

Maison d’Amérique, Paris, France

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Reynolds House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina

Lowe Art Museum, Miami University, Miami, Florida

 Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan.                                                         

Tourism Company, San Juan .                                                                                    

Bayamon Museum of Art, Bayamon, PR.                                                                         

Museo de Antropología, Historia y Arte, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan.

Colección Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples, San Juan.                                                                       

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Rio Grande, PR.


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