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Madruga, Lucila de Diaz-Piferrer (1913-1989) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Madruga, Lucila de Diaz-Piferrer (1913-1989)

Historical Note:

Lucila Madruga de Diaz‑Piferrer was born January 6, 1913, in Matanzas, Cuba. She studied painting with the Catalan professor, Alberto Tarasco, who directed the Painting Academy of Matanzas. She later studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana.

After leaving Cuba and settling in Puerto Rico, Madruga began painting scenes at the Department of Marine Sciences of the University of Mayagüez. These panels dealt with problems of the coastal ecology, a subject for which Madruga became known. Her art also focused on subjects which Madruga felt were beginning to disappear from the landscape, such as buildings for sugar cane processing, the Light of Guánica, the Playita de Belvedere which was altered by the facilities of Project PRINUL.

During the years that her husband was a writer in England, she began exploring new subjects in her painting. When she returned to Puerto Rico, Madruga began to study with the well-known Spanish painter, Jose Azaustre. Madruga died in the city of Miami, Florida, August 26, 1989.

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