The Loisaida Center is proud to announce

2017 Fine-Art Residency Recipient:

Juan Bautista-Climent


Project Title:

A Constructivist View: The artist in the Community, the artist in the Universe

Time frame: July, August and September 2017

Goals and overview: Juan Bautista-Climent proposes to create a body of artistic work in various mediums including drawing, painting and sculpture inside the facilities of Loisaida Inc. Center. Throughout his artistic process, Juan will explore together with the Latino community of Lower East Side and open a dialog by means of workshops and open-studios to discuss the idealistic thought of a “Pan-American Culture” as proposed by the Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres García in his Constructivist School. Torres García’s conception of Culture is extremely relevant and pertinent in our contemporaneity, and even more so in the complex multicultural phenomenon that Latino populations live on the Lower East Side of NYC. The relevance of this definition is that it considers that the cultures of America (the continent) must forge their identity not just in a Historical-Social, but Cosmic-Universal way.

Taking the knowledge acquired and transmitted about the vision of Constructivist Art and Pan-American Culture by Torres-Garcia and the spontaneous re-use, re-cycling of the materials that surround our neighborhood as “discarted” or “trash” in addition to the open discussions and the sharing of Juan’s artistic process with the community through open-studios and workshops, Bautista-Climent will put together a community art and recycling project for Loisaida’s 2017 Summer Program – Garbagia Island – which takes place at Loisaida Inc. Center from August to September. 

Finally, Juan will have a solo exhibition showcasing all the artistic work that will be developed throughout the residency, and invite to dialogue with academics who enrich the issues concerning the conception of art and Constructivist culture. 

The Residence will be divided into three blocks, each block will last one month, schedule is as follows:

July: CONSTRUCTIVIST MONTH – In Commemoration of Joaquín Torres García

  • Series of workshops and conferences on Joaquín Torres García Constructivism in Spanish and English language.
  • Artist open-studio (Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 1pm to 6pm)

1.Introductory Workshops on Constructivist Aesthetics By María Eugenia Méndez-Marconi

BIO: María Eugenia studied drawing and painting with Maestro Anhelo Hernández (direct disciple of Maestro Joaquín Torres-García) and with Gabriel Bruzzone and Marcelo Larrosa at the Instituto Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Universidad de la República. Graduate of the University Technician in Museology, Faculty of Humanities (UdelaR). Teaches Visual Education and Fine Arts, in private secondary school; is Assistant Professor at the National School of Fine Arts Institute at the Bruzzone Workshop. She is currently carrying out an investigation about the written work of Maestro Torres-García, with emphasis on his aspects as a teacher, according to the guidance of Don Marcos Torres-Andrada (grandson of Torres-García)

Friday, July 14: Initial theoretical instance, J.T.G biographical presentation (7-9pm)

Saturday, July 15: Introductory Workshops on Constructivist Aesthetics. (For youngsters from 12 to 16 years old from 9 am-1pm, and for those over 17 years old, from 3-6pm)

2.Exposition of the Constructivist Doctrine By Marcos Torres Andrada

BIO: Marcos Torres Andrada, son of the painter Augusto Torres, who received by direct oral tradition, the philosophy proposed by his grandfather, Maestro Joaquín Torres García, in his Constructivist School.

Friday, July 21: Conference: “Relevancy and Urgency of the Constructivist Proposal”(7-9pm) This conference will bring to light fundamental concepts of the Constructivist Proposal highly relevant in the Contemporaneity of the American Continent and global challenges.

Friday, July 28: Tribute to Maestro Torres García’s Legacy. Introduction to Constructivist Thinking (7-9pm)

This commemorative event, has been held for fifty consecutive years, thanks to the  Uruguayan Embassy, Consulate and Uruguayan Diaspora of NYC. Torres-Garcia’s grandson, Marcos Torres, will be present to give a brief scope of the hemispheric influence of his grandfather’s influential Escuela Constructivista in Uruguay and the rest of the world from its beginning to the present day.

Saturday, July 29Comments on the text “The Tradition of the Abstract Man” (9:00 am-5:00pm, with recess from 12: 30 to 2:00 pm)

Original intensive workshop, developed by  that will deepen the constructivist concepts of visionary Torres García, making a thorough reading and revision of his text “The Tradition of the Abstract Man”.


  • Artist open-studio (Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 1pm to 6pm)
  • Garbagia Island – “Garbagia Universe” (Dates TBD)
  • Art Production


Thursday, September 7: Solo Exhibition Opening

Friday, September 22: Conference: “Relevancy and Urgency of the Constructivist Proposal”(7-9pm)

  • Theoretical lecture on concepts dealing with the exhibition (Dates TBD)

Artist Name: Juan Bautista Climent

Artist Profile:

Born in the city of Ithaca, New York, in 1989, raised in Mexico City. He began his studies in animated cinema, in Mexico City, later decided to move to the Caribbean, homeland of his mother, Puerto Rico, where he studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico (EAP). His work, although covering various media, always projects drawing reflections. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Italy.

In early 2013, he realized the Free and Public Drawing School Project, an educational and dialogue space around the drawing with everyone, whatever their profession. He has collaborated and co-directed the gallery “Area”, in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Juan Bautista lives today in the South Bronx, where he mainly works out of his art studio and teaches Visual Arts in different community centers throughout the Lower East Side of NYC. He has collaborated on numerous occasions with Loisaida Center, being commissioned the poster for the Loisaida Festival in its 30th Anniversary, and the organization of the Community Mural “La Lucha Continua” in First Street Green Art Park.