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.”