Francisco Rodón

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Francisco Rodón (born June 6, 1934, in San Sebastián, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican portrait and landscape painter.[1][2]

Rodón studied in Mexico, France and Spain. He was named Puerto Rico's most important 20th century painter at the Expo 92 World's Fair in Seville, Spain, joining the 18th century's José Campeche and the 19th century's Francisco Oller.[1]

Known for his portraits of major cultural figures, such as Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, Puerto Rican governor Luis Muñoz Marín, Cuban dancer Alicia Alonso, and Perú's Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.[1][3] Rodón also painted a double portrait of Puerto Rican poet Giannina Braschi as a child sitting next to her mother.[4]

The value of his works has exceeded that of other living Puerto Ricans in auctions held between 1990 and 2009. Retrato de Medea sold for $93,000 in 1990. In 2009, his most recent oil on canvas, Puedo Retornar al Crepúsculo y la Noche sold for US $302,500 at Sotheby's, the highest price paid to that date for a Puerto Rican painting. His painting of Muñoz Marín is valued at 1 million dollars.[1]

Major works[edit]

Naturaleza Muerta con Aguacate

last sold on May 30, 2007, 118x87cm oil on canvas painted in 1962

Portrait of Jimmy

last sold on November 17, 2005, 91x72cm oil on panel painted in 1961

Borges o El Aleph

last sold on June 10, 2004, 306x142cm huile/toile painted c.1975

Inés en mis Sueños

last sold on May 28, 2002, 221-165 oil on canvas painted between 1996 and 2002

Juan Rulfo o Pedro Páramo

last sold on November 23, 1999, 287x211cm oil on canvas painted between 1981 and 1983

Vendedor de Solandras

last sold on November 22, 1999, 155x203cm oil on canvas painted between 1991 and 1993

Retrato de Medea

last sold for $93,000 on May 1, 1990, 183x127cm oil on canvas painted between 1969 and 1971

Portrait of Luis Muñoz Marín

The painting is part of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation's permanent collection.

Alicia Alonso

Mario Vargas Llosa


  1. ^ a b c d "Father of Modern Puerto Rico's Portrait Showing at Smithsonian". NBC News. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ EPRL, Grupo Editorial (10 May 2016). "Rodón Elizalde, Francisco - Arts". EnciclopediaPR. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  3. ^ Sullivan, E.J. (1996). Arte Latinoamericano En El Siglo Xx/Latin American Art in the Twentieth Century. Nerea. p. 127. ISBN 978-84-89569-04-1. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. ^ Lugo Bertrán, Dorian (2020). Poets, Philosophers, Lovers: on the Writings of Giannina Braschi. Aldama, Frederick Luis, O'Dwyer, Tess. Pittsburgh, Pa.: U Pittsburgh. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-8229-4618-2. OCLC 1143649021. Braschi has been the subject of a portrait by Puerto Rican artist Francisco Rodón.

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