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An Artist's Preoccupation
En español | Tony Bechara lives among art. From his New York City studio, which doubles as his home, the acclaimed Latino artist says that while he embraces his culture, it does not define his art. "People are becoming more aware that it's hard to stereotype when it comes to Latino art," says the Puerto Rican painter, whose multicolored-grid abstract works have captivated fans at exhibitions worldwide for decades.
"My preoccupation has been with the optics of color—not because of my essence as a Latino, but as an artist," says the board chair of New York City's Museo del Barrio, the only museum in the city dedicated to Caribbean and Latin American art. Bechara counts the Museo, Spain's Museo Nacional del Prado, and New York's Frick Collection among his favorites.