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René Santos papers, 1970-1987

Santos, René, 1954-1986

Photographer, Painter, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 0.9 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of Puerto Rican born painter, photographer, and art history instructor René Santos measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1970 to 1987. The papers document Santos's career through biographical records including one sound recording of Santos's memorial service, correspondence to Santos and sympathy letters upon Santos's death, writings and notes by Santos including one diary, printed material, and photographic material including slides of Santos with friends and his artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note

René Santos (1954-1986) was a painter, photographer, and educator in New York, New York. Santos was born Carlos René Santos in Puerto Rico. He received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1973 and a master's degree in 1976 from Hunter College where he studied with art critic Rosalind Krauss. His work is in the collections of The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Santos's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including several held after he died in 1986.


The René Santos papers were donated by Brad Baker in 1994 and 1995.

Language Note

English .


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.