Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Meet the Artist
Born and raised in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pedro began painting after the Army while living on the New Jersey shore, where a former co-worker at a concession stand on the beach left behind a set of oil paints. Pedro pursued his education in art at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. While there he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, a master’s degree in teaching art and Spanish, and a master’s degree in art therapy. Pedro began exhibiting his paintings while living in Kentucky. He was selected as one of over sixty artists in an eight state regional exhibit at the J.B. Speed Museum in Louisville in 1982. He had a solo exhibition in 1987 at Spalding University, also in Louisville. Pedro then moved with his family to South Carolina where he taught art and Spanish in the Charleston County Schools for over twenty-eight years. more …
Pedro participated in many exhibitions in South Carolina, including the Statements of Heritage Exhibition in 1991 and the Triennial Exhibition in 1992, both at the South Carolina State Museum. At the local level, Pedro participated in the Artists Who Teach Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum in 1992, Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition in 1991, Coastal Carolina Fair, and the North Charleston Arts Festival. In the early nineties he had solo exhibitions at the Colony House (1991), Cooper River Federal (1991), City Gallery at Dock Street Theatre (1988), and the Gaillard Auditorium (1993). Pedro received various grants and awards for his artwork, including two grants from the Trident Community Foundation (1989 & 1990), now known as the Community Foundation. Pedro also worked as an artist for Storefront School for the Arts for several summers in the early nineties.
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