PUERTO RICO.- The Puerto Rican painter Arnaldo Roche Rabell, considered one of the main artists of neo-expressionism, died this morning in San Juan, according to his representative, Walter Otero.
The one who was one of the most important Puerto Rican painters died as a result of lung cancer at age 62, added the gallery owner Otero.
Roche Rabell began his training at the Luchetti School of Art in the sanjuanero sector of Santurce, where he had as a teacher Lope Max Díaz, and later studied Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico and Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he obtained his mastery in Fine Arts in 1984.
Since then he devoted himself completely to painting.
His work is part of important collections worldwide.
He participated in numerous international events and won several awards and distinctions of the International Association of Art Critics of Puerto Rico or the Grand Prize in Painting of the Cumaná International Art Biennial of the Contemporary Art Museum of Cumaná, Venezuela, as well as the national sample of painting and sculpture of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.
He developed a unique stylistic vocabulary, based on the application of layers of bright colors that he later covered in black and rubbed with the spatula to produce dramatic and revealing images.