PRIDA ARTIST OF THE MONTH | José R. Velázquez Luciano

José R. Velázquez Luciano was born in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.
He studied Fine Arts and Languages at the University of Puerto Rico. For many years, he worked as a graphic designer, artisan and teacher. Part of his work has been exhibited at the Museum of the University of Puerto Rico, The Tetuán Gallery, and Plaza las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at Hostos Community College with Comité Noviembre and El Centro Cívico Cultural Dominicano in New York City.

In his work, José yuxtaposes the child’s innocence vis-à-vis adulthood complexities. The can toy-telephone is a leitmotif that invites the beholder to witness possibilities and contradictions, thus the title of the series “My eyes hear you.” This is a never-ending questioning open to new reflections, and is also the main reason why he engages in creating revolving paintings that can be seen or read in different positions.
José has published three children books about Puerto Rican Culture with reading and artistic exercises. He also works as a teacher for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE).

Contact José Velázquez at or (917) 340-0540


unnamed-4My eyes hear you #1 Mixed media 18”x24” 2013

unnamed-5My eyes hear you #4 Mixed media 18”x24” 2013

unnamed-6My eyes hear you #5 Mixed media 18”x24” 2013

unnamed-7My eyes hear you #7 Mixed media 18”x24” 2013

unnamed-8Triptych of Happiness to Be Found Mixed media 32”x72” 2014