Rafael Trelles is a Puerto Rican painter and visual artist whose prolific work covers sculpture, installations, performances, urban interventions, digital photography, and other experimental media.
Trelles has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His works are housed in various art collections such as those of Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Ponce, and Ramapo College in New Jersey, among others.
He has received awards from the Puerto Rico Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics for his exhibitions in 1991, 2004, and 2007. His outstanding achievements include awards from Revista Sin Nombre, Fondo Nacional para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural de Puerto Rico, Fundación Ricardo Alegría’s Medalla de la cultura [Medal of Culture], and the Innovation and Change in Higher Education award from the Center for Academic Excellence of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
Photographs of the installation process: John Betancourt
Video: Roberto Tito Otero
Translations by Joan Pabón Maxán
Francisco Font-Acevedo is a Puerto Rican writer born in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of La troupe Samsonite (Folium, 2016), La belleza bruta (Tal Cual, 2008; Aventis, 2010, 2012, 2017), and Caleidoscopio (Isla Negra, 2004).
Font-Acevedo was a literary critic for Radio Universidad and Plural, a literary and cultural journal. He has worked as a language instructor, translator, interpreter, freelance editor, and legal proofreader. Some of his short stories have been published in Edición Mínima (Gaviota, 2005), El Sótano 00931: Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic; Anthology Edition (2009), El ojo del huracán (Editorial Norma, 2011), Revue Meet No 15 Porto Rico/Phnom Penh (Saint Nazaire, 2011), the poster-magazine Contramuro (MAC, April 2012), and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas (Vol. 46, 2013). Some of his articles, essays and chronicles are available on the blog Legión Miope as well as the author’s webpage.