Arnaldo Roche Rabell began his artistic training at the Luchetti School of Art in Santurce, where he studied under Lope Max Diaz. Later he studied architecture at the University of Puerto Rico and art at the Art Institute of Chicago where he completed his MFA in 1984. Since then, he has devoted himself entirely to painting. Roche’s work is found in important collections around the world and he has taken part in several international events, has won numerous awards and great critical recognition. Roche Rabell has developed a unique style based on the application of layers of bright colors, which he covers with black and then rubs with a pallete knife to create dramatic and revealing images. Many of his paintings use live models, whom he wraps in raw canvas and then, using frottage, imprints on it contours of their bodies. Usually of monumental size, exhuberant in color, and dramatic in their content, his Abstract Expressionist paintings draw upon a variety of references, both historical and personal.