Latin American Masters is pleased to present …for they shall inherit the earth, an exhibition of new paintings by Arnaldo Roche (Puerto Rico, b.1955). The exhibition includes six large scale works, combining figuration and still-life motifs, and eight small-format works that take self-portraiture as a jumping off point for exploring themes of personal loss and the search for identity. The psychological complexity of Roche’s art is matched by the formal power of his painting, whose highly tactile and densly layered surfaces both hide and reveal meaning.
Arnaldo Roche received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His inclusion in ground breaking exhibits, among them: Hispanic Art in the U.S., Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., 1987; Art of the Fantastic, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1989; and Latin American Art of the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1990; solidified his reputation as one of the premier Latin American artists of his generation. His recent solo shows include: Arnaldo Roche, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, 2010 and Blue, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2011. Recent group shows include: Paint Made Flesh, Phillips Collection; Washington, D.C., 2011; and Carribbean Crossroads, El Museo del Barrio, New York, 2012.
Arnaldo Roche’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of important institutions worldwide, including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Indiana; Hirshorn and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and SADA Collection, Monterrey, Mexico.