Creating an online archive for Trinity College’s Center for Caribbean Studies
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ferrer studied in both the U.S. and then Puerto Rico. He focused on painting and literature, and later moved to New York City in 1955 as a musician in East Harlem. He specializes in ephemeral works with political but poetic nuance, and installations celebrating his Puerto Rican heritage. His paintings serve as a homage not only to the people and places of the Caribbean, but also the political and economic dynamics between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands.