Alexis Díaz

Jibarito, 2013

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Lot 37
Lithograph on paper
16.0 x 12.0 in (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Signed on recto


This work ships from Brooklyn, United States.


Note: The artist has intervened on the work with a star on the worker's hat.

"With his smiling eyes and pursed lips, Alexis Diaz’s Jibarito confronts the viewer with a frank fatigue. Jíbaro is a Spanish term that was used to refer to the indigenous crop workers that worked the mountainous region of Puerto Rico and who, despite the arrival of American troops on the island in 1898, maintained their traditional practices.

Since the ‘90s, the term jíbaro has come to carry a negative connotation and is now used in a derogatory manner to refer to poor Puerto Rican field workers that lack education. Diaz’s Jibarito, while diminutive in his title, nevertheless projects an enduring, albeit weathered, pride. His hat, which features industrial buildings, paint cans, mountains, and birds, spans centuries and regions, reminding the viewer of how the jíbaros have existed and persisted in cities and fields, throughout the 19th century and the ‘90s."
-Hannah Tager, Summer 2019 Intern, Center for Art Law, Brooklyn, New York.