Rafael Ferrer (b. 1933) left his native Puerto Rico at an early age to attend school in the United States. After attending Syracuse University and studying art at the University of Puerto Rico, Ferrer moved to New York in the early 1950s to work as a musician. Ferrer has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and performance art. In many of his paintings and prints, Ferrer depicts lush and colorful images from the Dominican Republic, where he spends six months every year. Museums with Ferrer’s work in their collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Musuem of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and others.