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Omar Obdulio (Peña Forty) | Puerto Rico

Born in 1977, in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico,
Lives and works in Puerto Rico.
Painting, photography, installation
http://omarobdulio.wordpress.com/

Graduated in fine arts from the Escuela de Artes Plasticas of Puerto Rico (2001), Omar Obdulio Peña Forty realized a residency with the artist Pepón Osorio, the same year.

In 2011, he received an honour mention in a contest of contemporary photography at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón of San Juan, Puerto Rico and in 2010, he won the second prize during the 3d  “certamen de arte joven” (competition of young art) by the Oriental Group Bank of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The AICA (International Association of Art Critics) rewards him a prize for his first artwork in 2005.

He was granted the Lexus for the Arts scholarship in Puerto Rico for 2011.

His last individual shows include : La Brega Plural at Metro : plataforma organizada in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011) ; Oficios en la Fiesta at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2010) ; Oficio at La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009) ; Ecléctico at la Casa Escuté in Carolina, Puerto Rico (2005) and In – Out at the Galeria Raices in Santurce, Puerto Rico (2005).

Regarding his participation to collective exhibitions, his work was showcased in : the travelling show Carry-On : Puerto Rico Inspected at the Galeria Yemaya in Puerto Rico, in Chicago, New York and Boston, USA (2011-2012) ; FotoMAC at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (2011) ; Art in the middle: 35 years of photography in Puerto Rico at the Institute of Puerto Rican Art & Culture of Chicago, USA (2011) ; Tell Us a Story at the gallery Cart Watch in Santurce, Puerto Rico (2011) ; On the Limit at the gallery Cart Watch in Santurce, Puerto Rico (2011) ; Triangle c-s-c (Caribbean/south/Caribbean) at the Museo de Ex-Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico DF, Mexico (2011) ; the travelling show Coca-Colonizado at the Museo de Arte del Savador – MARTE and at the Brot Kunsthalle  in Wien, Austria (2010-2011) ; +/- Esperanza at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo of San José, Costa Rica (2010) ; Encuentros – Espacio, Tiempo y Vida at the Museo de Arte of Ponce, Puerto Rico (2010) ; No fue un mal entendido at the Museo de Arte de Caguas, Puerto Rico (2010) ; Hair Tactis at the Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, USA (2010) and Chiquitolina at the Centro Curatorial La 15 in Santurce, Puerto Rico (2009).

Omar Obdulio Peña Forty participated in the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2007) ; in Photo Miami in 2007 and in the art fairs CIRCA in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2007, 2008).