Jose Buscaglia

Roberto Clemente Cenotaph Plaza

Bronze- 30" long: Inaugural ceremong- August 18, 1999

Jose Buscaglia is considered , without a doubt, one of the world's finest and most accomplished sculptors and one of Puerto Rico's foremost artists. Born in the capital city of San Juan in 1938, his involvement with are dates from the precocious age of eight. During this early phase in his career he underwent intensive training with the Catalonian teacher Ismael D'Alzina. While a student at Harvard University, he spent a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain, working at the studio of world-renowned sculptor Enrique Monjo. He also took courses at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Jorge where Picasso, Dali, and Miro had studied earlier. Following his 1960 graduation he collaborated with Monjo working as his assistant. Returning in Puerto Rico in 1962, Buscaglia held positions for 18 years at the University of Puerto Rico as a professor, sculptor in residence, and director of fine arts.

His life interest in the nature of the creative process and thinking skills, led to his participation in the designing and implementation of experimental educational programs in Venezuela from 1979 to 1985. A joint effort by Harvard University and the Venezuelan government led to an innovative program known as "Project Intelligence".

Buscaglia is perhaps one of the most prolific artists in the field of monumental sculpture, with major shows at Harvard University, Yale University, Rockefeller Center in New York, and several times in Washington, D.C., Barcelona and Madrid.

In 1968m The New York Times referred to Buscaglia's bronze bust of Robert Frost, unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery (Wash., D.C.) as: "Unofficially the most important gift to the gallery since its opening..." Artist/Professor Ben Shan said of Jose Buscaglia: "There are few sculptors, young or old, who have the courage to go their own ways, not to be overwhelmed by trends and by journalistic approval; there are fewer still who have the competence to doe the kind of work that Jose can and does."

Buscaglia has authored close to 40 public monuments, in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the United States. He is a Fellow Member of the National Sculpture Society and a founding member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences of Puerto Rico. As an educator he has taught and lectured at leading institutions in Europe, Latin America and the United States, and has published considerably on the teaching of intelligence and the voluntary control of the creative process.

From a promotional brochure- 1999.