81C exhibits ‘Transcromático, Tribute to Camille Pissarro’ by Juan Carlos Amador

‘Transchromato II’ 2022, [46” x 58”] by Juan Carlos Amador (Photo submitted)

81C is honored to announce the opening of a new solo art exhibition on Saturday August 20th in historic Charlotte Amalie.
“Transcromático, An Homage to Camille Pissarro” by Juan Carlos Amador features dynamic new paintings by an acclaimed Puerto Rican-based artist.

This exhibition opening commemorates 81C’s new artist support program, based in the Pissarro House on Main Street, which is the birthplace of Impressionist influencer and artistic pioneer Camille Pissarro.

Reception hours are 5pm to midnight, with Amador on site at 81C throughout. Free drinks will be served.

“Transcromático” will run until the end of September and is sponsored in part by the Virgin Islands Community Foundation.

SHOW DESCRIPTION Juan Carlos Amador returns to 81C in historic Charlotte Amalie withtranschromatic, Tribute to Camille Pissarro“, is an exhibition that also draws inspiration from and explores recurring themes in time and nature. It also reflects inspiring friendships rooted in artistic pursuits. Amador’s distinctive color palette and abstract vision are familiar, yet fresh. The new art in this exhibit was born from a contemporary artist’s exploration of the artistic roots of an Impressionist master, showcasing not one, but two native sons of the Caribbean.

Juan Carlos Amador

ARTIST STATEMENT “Transcromático”, my latest collection, results from an organic evolution of my work. In an endless search for expression, I never stopped experimenting with different mediums and styles, always inspired by the endless yet unique color palette of my memories growing up in Puerto Rico. “Transcromático” offers the viewer different styles, layers of translucent colors on top of each other, pointilism, collages and ceramics.

About a year ago I was invited to exhibit my work at St Thomas; it was during this experience that I realized that Camille Pissarro, one of the fathers of Impressionism, was actually born here, in Saint-Thomas. I have since started researching his work, and through him I felt that maybe both of us, being from the Caribbean, were inspired at some point by the same muse, raised by his colours, its landscapes, its essence.

Through “Transcromático”, I humbly pay homage to Pissarro’s legacy, hoping that this offering will make the public feel what I felt when I discovered his work. –Juan Carlos Amador

BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST Born in 1976, originally from Mayagüez and raised in Aguadilla, Juan Carlos Amador graduated in fine arts from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras (2002) while immersing himself in Puerto Rican artists such as Rafael Rivera Rosa and Néstor Millan. Amador has over five solo exhibitions to his name with his current exhibits in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas.

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Julia P. Cluff