likewise in teaching others everything depends on consistency,
for it is only through repetition that the pupil makes the material his own."
Hexagram 29 (K'an / The Abysmal - Water): the Image
in Guayama, Puerto Rico, on 1 August 1913, Fran Cervoni Brenes began
his formal art education in 1934 at the Real
Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid where he studied
until the outbreak of
War in 1936. In Paris and attended the Ecole de Beaux Arts where he
was strongly influenced by late Impressionist teachers. With the onset
of World War II he goes to Italy to continue his apprenticeship in painting.
six years of formal training in Europe he goes to Mexico City to teach
at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. Seven years later he returns
to Puerto Rico as professor of Theater Design at the University of Puerto
Rico and of drawing and painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Institute
of Puerto Rican Culture. His own studio in Santurce became a training
center for painters and painting teachers. He also taught at the Instituto
de Cultura Puertorriqueña's Escuela de Artes Plásticas
and in 1955 he was awarded a first prize in painting from the Ateneo
He was featured in numerous exhibitions: in "Puerto Rican Artiststs"
at the Riverside Museum in NewYork in 1957; at the First Interamerican
Bienal of Painting and Graphics in 1958 in Mexico City; and at the Exhibition
of Patriotic Works at Galería Pintadera in Puerto Rico in 1959.
Bringing together over two hundred works, his 1992 retrospective was
the largest exhibition ever held at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.
17 January 2001, Fran Cervoni Brenes died in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico,
at the age of 87.
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