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About Sixteen Puerto Rican Portraits

Who Am I?

I am a Puerto Rican working artist based in Richmond, California. I have been working full-time as an artist since 2016, selling my paintings, showing and teaching. Before that I supported my painting with other jobs. I grew up and went to college in Puerto Rico, where I studied fine arts. After completing a BFA I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I studied education. But a few years ago, with the support of my wife Sarah, I decided to support myself entirely through art. 

I paint in other genres too, but the portraits of Latino immigrants I began painting in 2008 are my best-known work. I’ve always been very interested in painting "regular" people, and in making paintings that portray the resilience and diversity of those who would not be able to commission a formal portrait.

What's The Project About?

I am raising funding to paint sixteen portraits of Puerto Ricans living in the island of Puerto Rico over the course of a six week stay. I feel that more than ever, visibility is important for Puerto Ricans. The fate of our island is being decided by a Fiscal Control Board. This, is the real disaster that preceded hurricane Maria by a couple of years. While there are many economic recovery efforts under way, Puerto Ricans everywhere exist largely outside of the public's consciousness. 

The island portraits are half of a show that includes portraits of Puerto Ricans living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area portraits will be completed in my Richmond studio or at people's homes. What will I do after that? I will be showing the portraits at Sánchez Contemporary in Oakland, in July 2019. I do not plan to sell all the paintings because I would like them to travel together and be a catalyst for the discussion of Puerto Rican issues.

How Will You Accomplish This?

I don’t work from photos. My models are live, but I work fast. I believe paintings made with someone posing are fresher and more alive than the portraits I have painted from photos, and I can do a portrait in three or four hours (just look at my video!). My hope is to complete at least 16 portraits measuring 36 x 36 in (91 x 91 cm). 

I will be traveling to Puerto Rico this December and stay with friends and relatives. I have contacted them ahead of time and asked them to find sitters that can pose at their home or outdoors. I will travel through the island with my gear until I complete my goal, and I have given myself a deadline of January 13, 2019. I will document my work through frequent updates I will post in a blog that I will share with all donors.

How Much Am I Raising and For What?

Completion of this project will cost approximately $12,000 per my calculations. I am seeking $7500 to pay for transportation, some supplies, payment for the sitters, and the cost of shipping the paintings back to the Bay Area. Anything raised over that will be used to buy floating frames for the show ($60 each). Any other money will be donated to a Puerto Rican non-profit. Please review a detailed project budget in the FAQs section below. 

Why Should I Support Your Project?

Your contribution would increase the visibility of a Puerto Ricans everywhere and support the worthy project of a working artist. If you support this project, you will have access to the blog where I will post frequent updates of this project, and you will receive prints or original, small paintings, some done in Puerto Rico. Please check my Rewards page to find out more and thanks for reading!

If you experience any issues while trying to contribute, please email me at rebeca@garcia-gonzalez.com and I will help you. 

Risks and challenges

December and January are good months in Puerto Rico weather-wise, but there's always the possibility I could get sick while there, in which case I will be able to extend my trip. Donors will first learn of any delays on my blog and will also receive individual notification along with a new expected date of completion.

I grew up in the island but things have changed since I left. I plan to limit my activities to what's reasonable and safe, in order to minimize the chances of an accident or theft. If any of these things happen and I cannot meet my obligations, you will receive a timely notification, and I will reimburse my donors before June 1, 2019.

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    Blog Access

    Get a glimpse into the nuts and bolts of this project. Beginning on Dec 4, donors pledging $5 or more will be able to access exclusive and frequent updates of the process by which I will be painting 16 portraits in six weeks, 3,000 miles away from my studio. If you ever wondered how a painter can do this, or if you are fascinated by creatives and their antics, this should be an interesting read.

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    Social Media and Website Shout-Out

    In addition to getting access to the "down and dirty" updates on the project, I will thank you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and my own website. Let the world know you're a proud supporter of a Puerto Rican artist! Share your love of the visual arts with the hundreds of people who read my social media updates.

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    Set of Three Greeting Cards

    I have placed images of still lives, tropical beaches and East Bay landscapes and they are popular gifts. There is one of each on each set of three cards. Donate $25 and get a set, in addition to access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates.

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    Small Gicleé Print (Landscape)

    I have been painting East Bay landscapes for several years, and have been getting them professionally photographed and printed at Berkeley Glicleé. A glicleé print is a high quality digital print on archival-quality paper. The prints are signed and wrapped. Donate $35 and get a small gicleé print in addition to access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates.

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    Medium Gicleé Print (Landscape)

    I have been painting East Bay landscapes and still lives for several years, and have been getting them professionally photographed and printed at Berkeley Glicleé. A glicleé print is a high quality digital print on archival-quality paper. These 12 x 16" prints are signed and wrapped. Donate $50 and get a medium-sized gicleé print in addition to access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates.

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    Hand-painted Watercolor Postcard

    It cannot get lovelier than this! I will paint you your own, unique watercolor of a Puerto Rican landscape on watercolor paper and mail it to you from the island with a thank you message. Donate $75 and get your watercolor postcard in addition to access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates.

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    Puerto Rican Landscape Gicleé Print

    The first thing I will do when I return will be to get my landscape paintings photographed at Berkeley Gicleé. I will make prints of the best Puerto Rican landscapes I bring back, and you will get a 16 x 20" or larger gicleé print. A gicleé print is a high quality digital print on archival paper, made with UV-resistant inks. Prints of this size are sent rolled in a tube. Donate $100 and get a Puerto Rican landscape print along with access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates.

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    Small, Bay Area, Landscape Painting

    Choose an original East Bay acrylic or oil landscape on canvas and I can deliver it or mail it to you. Please visit the Kickstarter project page on my website (garcia-gonzalez.com) to get a sense of the small paintings I have available. Donate $250 and get a small original painting, in addition to access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates. If you live within 25 miles of Richmond, CA, I will deliver and your shipping fee will be reimbursed. If you live farther away I will ship the painting to you.

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    VIP Studio Tour (Pick Your Own Painting)

    Choose an original East Bay acrylic or oil landscape on canvas during a visit to my studio, on a day and time that works for you. Ask all the questions you want, look all over the place and select a painting to take home from a selection of 20. Donate $250 and schedule your own personal tour of my studio, where you'll pick your own beautiful landscape painting! This donation includes access to the blog where I will be documenting this project with frequent updates.

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    Small Puerto Rican Landscape Painting

    I will be traveling through Puerto Rico in order to get to my painting subjects, and when I am not painting portraits I will be painting 16 x 20" landscapes in watercolor and acrylic. If you are a fan of the intense colors of the caribbean, or if you just miss the island, this is your chance to own an original! Donate $700 and get an original landscape painting, created during the time of this project, in addition to access to the blog where I will be posting frequent updates. If you live within 25 miles of Richmond, CA I will deliver and reimburse you the shipping fee. If you live farther or elsewhere in the US, I will ship the painting to you.

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    A Portrait!

    Schedule a 4 hr portrait session with me and anyone you'd like me to paint. I will paint it in my Richmond studio or at your home, so I can paint for donors living in the Bay Area. If you like farther away I can paint a portrait from photo references, or paint you a landscape of the same size. Donate $1000 and get your own oil portrait measuring 24" x 24" to take home, signed, on the same day! And of course, access to the blog where I will describe the portrait project through frequent updates.

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Funding period

- (30 days)