• The Creative Imperative

    “The Creative Imperative”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions 38" x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • The Evolution of Human Behavior

    “The Evolution of Human Behavior”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 38" x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Hostos en las alturas de América

    “Hostos en las alturas de América*”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions 38" x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Hostos at the high altitudes of America
  • La metamorfosis de un Pityyanqui

    “La metamorfosis de un Pityyanqui*”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions 38" x 50"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media
    Genre Abstract
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: The metamorphosis of a Pityyanqui
  • Luis Pales Matos

    “Luis Pales Matos”

    Date 2010
    Dimensions 44" x 30"
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media on carboard
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Marta Casals

    “Marta Casals”

    Date 1974
    Dimensions 22"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Stone
    Period 20th Century
  • Napalm


    Date 1975
    Dimensions 62" x 45"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Bronze
    Genre Abstract
    Period 20th Century
  • The Newyoricans

    “The Newyoricans”

    Date 1986
    Dimensions 36" x 48" x 12"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Bronze
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century

José Buscaglia Guillermety

San Juan, PR, 1938

Biography Details

Sculptor and teacher. Buscaglia studied under Ismael D’Alzina from 1947 to 1956. He completed a undergraduate degree at Harvard in 1960. For several years, he worked in the studio of sculptor Enrique Monjo y Garriga in Barcelona, and was sculptor-in-residence at the University of Puerto Rico from 1963 to 1978. From 1979 to 1985, he worked on educational projects that led to a collaboration between Harvard University and the government of Venezuela. He is a founding member of the Puerto Rican Academy of Arts and Sciences and a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. His best-known work is monumental, and he has received almost forty commissions in Puerto Rico and abroad, including Monument to Robert Frost (National Gallery, Washington, D.C.); Justice (Puerto Rico Bar Association, 1973); Monument to Jesús T. Piñero (Carolina, Puerto Rico, 1962), his first commission in Puerto Rico. His style is classical, elegant, and painstakingly realistic.

Artist Statement

“Both on the island as well as in the diaspora ambit, those of us who have made a commitment with our country’s culture have the moral obligation to answer to history’s judgment to consolidate our cultural, intellectual, and creative heritage and therefore safeguard the future of the Puerto Rican nation”.

José Buscaglia, 2014




  • Master of  Arts. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico  


  • Advanced studies in sculpture at the studio of Enrique Monjo. Barcelona, Spain 


  • Bachelors in Arts. Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts, United States


  • Apprentice to artist Enrique Monjo. Barcelona, Spain 
  • Courses.Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 


  • Courses with artist Ismael D’Alzina. San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Professional Experience


  • Professor. Rhode Island School of Design Summer Program,  Rhode Island, United States 


  • Visiting Lecturer. Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Visiting Lecturer. Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States
  • Visiting Lecturer. Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island,  United States


  • Visiting Artist. Massachusetts College of Art, Boston,Massachusetts, United States


  • Seminar Director “The Origin, Nature, And Development of Intelligence”. College of Health Related Professions, Universidad de Puerto Rico, School of Medical Sciences, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Assistant Director. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Visiting Professor. Instituto Internacional, Madrid, Spain


  • Sculptor in Residence. Concord - Carlisle School System, Concord, Massachusetts, United States


  • Instructor. Commission on extension courses, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 


  • Advisor to the Minister of State for the Development of Human Intelligence, Venezuela
  • Senior Consultant for Project Intelligence. Venezuela; Harvard University, Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


  • Director. Fine Arts   Department, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico 


  • Associate Professor. Fine Arts   Department, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Instructor. Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Jorge, Barcelona, Spain 


Solo Shows


  • Cornelius Ayer Gallery, Concord, Massachusetts, United States


  • Private collection of major works on loan, American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, United States


  •  Forty Years of Sculpture, Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H Humphrey Building, Washington DC, United States 


  •  Forty Years of Sculpture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States 


  • Thirty Years of Sculpture, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • United States Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain
  • Official Memorabilia of Pablo Casals, Rovira Gallery,  Barcelona, Spain


  • George Washington University, Washington  DC, United States
  • Banco Popular, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, United States


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Estados Unidos

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements


  • Lifetime achievement award as sculptor, educator and intellectual. House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, San Juan Puerto Rico 


  • Resolution for contributions to the visual arts. Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Rhode Island, United States
  • Recognition for extraordinary contributions to the field of art. Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island, United States


  • Eugenio María de Hostos Citizen of America Medal. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Fellow. National Sculpture Society, New, York, United States


  • John Holowchuck Award in Sculpture. The Copley
  • Society of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, United States


  • Artistic Residence. Concord- Carlisle School System, Concord, Massachusetts, United States


  • Medal. Accademico con medaglia d'oro, Accademia Italia delle Arti e del Lavoro, Italy


  • The Council of American Artists Society Award. National Sculpture Society, New York, United States


  • Puerto Rican Grand Prize. Academia de Artes y Ciencia, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Member, Board of Directors. Academia de Artes y Ciencia, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Resident Sculptor. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce,Ponce, Puerto Rico 
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, Estados Unidos 
  • Merrimack College, Andover, Massachusetts, Estados Unidos
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Estados Unidos
  • Caviness Collection, Washington DC, Estados Unidos
  • Robert Leone Collection, Lexington, Massachusetts, Estados Unidos
  • Winthrop Smith Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut, Estados Unidos
  • Susan B. Anthony, Daniel Phillips’ Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Estados Unido



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