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Arnaldo Roche Rabell was a Puerto Rican Neo-Expressionist painter whose symbolic work deals with issues of national identity, belonging, and childhood trauma. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1955, Roche Rabell studied architecture at the University of Puerto Rico before going on to receive his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984. The artist currently lives and works in Puerto Rico. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Miami Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico, among others.

“The Messenger” (2013)
Oil on canvas, 24″x 24″
“Give Him Wings and He Will Fly” (2013)
Oil on canvas, 84″x 180″
“Give Him Wheels and He Will Run” (2013)
Oil on canvas, 84″x 180″

“The Magic Kingdom” (2013)
Oil on canvas, 84″x 84″
“The Light House” (2013)
Oil on canvas, 84″x 84″

“I could not tell you whether part of my conscious or unconscious comes to life in these processes”

“I think of the idea for a work for months beforehand, it is the physical act of painting that the action of my work ratifies the urgency of my ideas, connecting all the actual elements I rub, print or project on the canvas.

That is when the subconscious is released, materializing itself through digging, pasting, and tracing.”

“The Kingdom that Awaits” (1994)
Oil on canvas, 84″x 120″

” (1988)
Oil on canvas, 244 x 244 cm.
“The Thinker” (2013)
Oil on canvas, 48″x 36″
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 (in) 
41 x 30 (cm)
La Memoria
The Memory
Oil and Wood on Paper
41 x 25.5 (in) 
104 x 65 (cm)
Arnaldo Roche Rabell 
Los amantes de las flores, 1989
Si me dejaras explicarte
If you let me explain
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 (in) 
91 x 122 (cm)

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