Jotham Malavé Maldonado is an artist from Puerto Rico, who paints predominantly with oils and pastels to confront the collective amnesia of Puerto Rico’s colonial history, often depicting violated and abandoned bodies. His subjects inhabit the nocturnal landscape of a field. A wasteland that bears witness to the horizontal crimes of exploitation, brazenness and the daily absurdity, the theft of dreams and the expulsion from paradise.
Malavé’s pictorial work is nourished not only by its narrative possibilities but also by its technical craftsmanship, which is an undeniably compelling element. Beautifully executed in oils or pastels, contain a quality that further enriches the experience of the encounter.