Alberto Zayas Montilla
Oda a Corretjer (Yerba Bruja & Maguey)
Signed Juan Antonio Corretjer (1908-1985) was a political activist, nationalist, and freedom fighter for the liberation of Puerto Rico, leading multiple efforts of resistance throughout a span that lasted decades. Regarded as the national poet, his most famous book of poems is titled Yerba Bruja, a plant which is seen here sharing a pot with a Maguey, on the roof of the artists Chemi Rosado and Jorge González studios. In a way the plant serves as a reminder of Corretjer's generation, which fought against the expanding control of US industries on Puerto Rican land, much like the business ethics of the Walmart that the roof overlooks.
Acrylic on Cotton Canvas
35" x 30"