Lorenzo Homar

Lorenzo Homar

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Lorenzo Homar (September 10, 1913 - February 16, 2004), is considered by many to be Puerto Rico's greatest graphic artist.

Early years

Homar, born in the "Barrio" Puerta de Tierra of San Juan, Puerto Rico, inherited his love for the arts from both of his parents. His father was an arts promoter and his mother a pianist. He went to grammar school in San Juan. At a young age he moved with his family to New York. Because of the financial situation of his family, Homar quit high school and went to work for a textile factory. In 1931, he attended New York's Art Students League where he learned the art of drawing under the guidance of George Brant Bridgeman.

Homar joined the jeweler House of Cartier in 1936 in New York as an apprentice designer. This was of great significance for his artistic development because during this time he studied engraving, drawing and history of design in a traditional workshop system. Furthermore, income from his position at Cartier allowed Homar to take night classes in painting, design and typography at Pratt Institute.

World War II

When the United States entered World War II, Homar joined the Army. He saw action in the Philippines where he was wounded and for which he received the Purple Heart. Homar continued to broaden his skills during the War, in which he served in an Army Intelligence Unit. He developed a talent for cartography working for the...
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