Adál Maldonado is one of the great Puerto Rican photographers. He’s a natural surrealist who was part of the Nuyorican movement of the 1960s and 70s (the Latin Harlem Renaissance). His body of work includes surrealist portraits and auto-portraits. Back in the day everyone sat for him, from Celia Cruz to Rita Moreno.
Adál taught legendary New York photographer Robert Mapplethorpe how to develop and print photos.
Adál’s work has been exhibited and is in collections at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Smithsonian and many others.
Kidnapped By Aliens ~ Again
Maldonado is our Padrino Borinquen. We interviewed him when we first came to the island in 2019 and haven’t been able to stop laughing since. He gave us our Puerto Rican Passport so we are dual citizens now.
Adál’s thesis is that he was kidnapped by aliens, and he’s not kidding. The New York Times reported that Adál passed away on December 9, 2020, but those who know, know what really happened.
Adál’s been kidnapped by aliens again. Being Boricua, he’s a smart guy who knows how to turn the tables. He’s using alien technology to plant the Puerto Rican flag across the universe.
Have you seen him? Have you seen the Puerto Rican flag? That’s a sure sign he’s been around. Mark your pictures of the flag or Adál with the hashtag #AdalWasHere 🇵🇷. We’ll publish our favorites. #AdalWasHere
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
“El Barrio” East Harlem
Wednesday-Sunday, April 7 – August 18, 2019
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Welcome to the Latin world(s). You might not have a heard of most of these artists, but each and every one will make you think (as in Kidnapped by Aliens).
Adál Maldonado Estate & Roberto Paradise
Adál’s photos are courtesy the Adál Maldonado Estate & Roberto Paradise. Used with permission.
Adál’s not making any more prints until he finishes planting our beautiful flag everywhere.
To own a piece of history and some real Puerto Rican spirit, contact his art dealer Francisco Rovira Rullán on Twitter @RobertoParadise.
Adál come back to us. Stories are being written about the return of the great bearded one who will come from the east, and fill the world with peace, love, and platanos. You are a legend now. The world waits.
OMG. #AdalWasHere 🇵🇷