Walk into any government building in Puerto Rico, and you’re likely to see a painting by German Cajigas. The same is true for many family homes here and those of Puerto Ricans living abroad.

Cajigas is one of the most famous and beloved Puerto Rican contemporary painters, having, since the ’50s, been inspired by the island’s landscapes almost exclusively. His paintings have been exhibited in museums around the world.

“They have traveled more than me,” he says.

He invited me and Astrid Rivera to his Old San Juan gallery, which is also his studio and home, for a chat about his life and undying love for the “Island of Enchantment.”

10 Comments

  1. Beautiful piece, Rosaleen and Astrid. The art is instantaneosly evocative of a feeling I’ve had from the time we arrived here in Puerto Rico. You really captured something.

  2. ASTRID D. RIVERA says:

    Thanks for the opportunity… I really enjoy doing this interview with Rosaleen…It was such a great learning experience to get to talk to Cajigas. He is more than what we see in his paints. His love for Puerto Rico and the history behind his work is amazing. I am really proud of him and as he said: “America is the most beautiful place in the world and Puerto Rico is the most beautiful place in America.”

  3. Hilda Pacheco says:

    Hace muchos años que tuve el placer de visitar la galería de Don Gajigas y comprar algunas serografías de las que el tenía allí. Me gustaría saber si tiene algun catálogo con su pinturas que sepudiera ordenar. Ahora hace mas de 15 años que vivo en Florida y todavía lo recuerdo con cariño. Dios lo bendiga.

  4. Barbara Pena says:

    Astrid / Rosaleen

    My third grade son is working on a show and tell about Luis Cajigas. The information we have found in the internet is not much. Do you know where we can find more information about him? My son love your video.

    Regards,

    Barbara

  5. Hi Barbara… after going to see him in San Juan, I wrote a piece for http://www.exolimited.com here is the link http://www.exolimited.com/component/k2/item/145-cajigas.html

    It was wrote in Spanish I hope this work for you… thanks

    my email is adaynicerivera@yahoo.com

  6. muchas gracias por ayudarme a darle 1 poquito de alegria a mi mama – lamento no haber tenido la valentia de perdirle k fimara uno de sus cuadros con un saludo a mami – -era demasiado aunque mi esposo me lo dijo – se me paso – Dios lo Benddiga a usted, su familia y su talento – Irma I. Rivero

  7. Gracis – pronto orderno mas – mi mama lo recibio el dia que salio del hospital con un marca paso – Dios le Bendiga su Talento muchas gtracias Irma I. Rivero

  8. Mariano Laboy says:

    Hello Luis, few years back some artist from P.R. came to NY and presented some painting that were product of coffee beans. Do you know any site that I could visit in order to complete a project that I am working on this matter.Thanks in advance.
    Mariano

  9. Querido Cajigas. Vivo en California y tengo mas de 15 de sus obras. Le escribo por que mi padre me dijo que habias escrito un libro que habla del primer capitulo de Esequiel. Por favor explicame lo que significa las ruedas.. Dios le bendiga. Arlene

  10. Rosaleen Ortiz says:

    Hola a todos.

    Si quieren comunicarse con el Sr. Cajiga les recomiendo que visiten su página de internet: http://www.estudiocajiga.com/

    Esta página es mantenida por estudiantes de la universidad de periodismo de CUNY en Nueva York. Hicimos este video cuando lo visitamos en su estudio en el Viejo San Juan el verano pasado pero no mantenemos comunicación con él.

    Buena suerte y gracias por visitarnos!

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