Executive Director of the Taller Boricua/Puerto Rican Workshop Fernando Salicrup, was born on August 6, 1946 in East Harlem, where he lived throughout his life with his loving wife of over 40 years, Zoraida Salicrup and their two sons Fernando and Danel.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marines having served in the Vietnam War. After the military, he returned to study at the Philadelphia Academy of Art. Subsequently, he won a scholarship at the New York School of Visual Arts, where he studied painting under Chuck Close and printmaking under Robert Blackburn.
He was instrumental in the development of the arts and cultural corridor in El Barrio (East Harlem) as the Executive Director of Taller Boricua. As a visionary, he developed artist housing and as a community activist he fought for the creation of the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center. He also served for many terms on Manhattan Community Board 11.
As an artist, he participated in numerous international exhibitions throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe, including venues in New York such as El Museo del Barrio, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Salicrup has received several awards for his work, including the award for experimentation given at the XII San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Printmaking.
He also taught workshops in printmaking and digital processes, and served as a mentor to hundreds of young artists, writers and musicians.
He is survived by his wife, Zoraida Salicrup, their sons, Fernando Salicrup lll and his wife Jaime Spiliotes and Danel Salicrup; and his daughter, Cynthia Blake and her husband Terance Blake; and four grandchildren.
ARTISTS and AGEISM in the Modern Age
Curated by Marcos Dimas and Nitza Tufiño
Scheduled for Feb 13-March 21
ABOUT TALLER BORICUA
All programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislator. They are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, the Consejo Grafico, the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. and contributors
Who We Are
Taller Boricua was established in 1970 in East Harlem as a non-profit arts organization.Taller Boricua/Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. has expanded into a multicultural institution by providing a variety of programs that stimulate the social, cultural, and economic development of the community. El Taller’s workshops offer artists the opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with colleagues and to enhance productivity and collaboration with other non-profit organizations, schools, artists, public service providers, private corporations, and the community. El Taller Boricua/Puerto Rican Workshop has evolved into a highly respected community arts organization that continues to be a proactive resource for the promotion of the arts.
Taller Boricua Archives
Taller Boricua Archives are currently undergoing a complete reorganizing effort. Because of its 44 year history of exhibiting and promoting artist in El Barrio of East Harlem NY, the time has arrived for a renewed effort to bring together the massive libraries of printed media, photographs, videos, historic artifacts and digital content that are currently scattered through out the digitized memes. The Taller would like to thank all those who were in one way or another involved in past efforts to keep such an important cultural venture continually functioning. Whether it was the web designers, the email campaigners, office staffers or interns, we thank you all and its is in your name that we continue to improve our efforts to finally make available a culturally rich database that will not just benefit the Taller, but also benefit the hundred’s of artist who have honored the Taller Boricua with their creative and inspiring work.
Following the mission of El Taller Boricua, the artist files focus on contemporary art by artists of all ethnicities. El Taller Boricua accepts all unsolicited artist file materials. The majority of its archives and research materials document the history of El Taller Boricua and the Nuyorican artistic community.
Creative Media Solutions provided by Willie Correa for NuMuse Gallery
The Taller Boricua YouTube channel will be activated in November 2014. It’s key feature will be a dedicated playlist that will simplify the Taller’s content searching capabilities by categorizing the current massive YouTube library posted through out the years by so many of Taller Boricua’s friends and collaborators. By categorizing areas of specific interest and prioritizing its importance, the channel will serve as a research adjunct to Taller Boricus’s reset archival project . Please feel free to notify us if you so happen to find an old posted Taller related video lost deep inside the YouTube cloud servers.
Videos like this one below will be categorized under the playlist titled “SALSA WEDNESDAYS“