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Perfect Harmony

Perfecta Armonía / Perfect Harmony

The painting Perfect Harmony expresses the beauty that comes through music realized in the mastery of musicians; a beauty that is further enhanced when the music is shared with others. The Painting hints at a feeling that goes beyond the music. It is expressed in the complement of Harmony that blends the two into one. The Master Musicians are the brothers Porfirio and Lile Martínez of the mountain town of Orocovis, Puerto Rico. The painting on the wall shows their father working the land on the Family farm. The song they sing completes the painting in “Perfect Harmony”.

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La pintura Perfecta Armonía expresa la belleza que viene a través de la música realizada en el dominio de los músicos; una belleza que se mejora aún más cuando la música se comparte con otros. La pintura insinúa un sentimiento que va más allá de la música. Se expresa en el complemento de armonía que combina los dos en uno. Los maestros músicos son los hermanos Porfirio y Lile Martínez del pueblo montañoso de Orocovis, Puerto Rico. La pintura en la pared muestra a su padre trabajando la tierra en la granja familiar. La canción que cantan completa el cuadro en perfecta armonía.

On the Road to Sainthood

This Saturday April 29th we celebrate the 16th anniversary of “Blessed Charlie’s” Beatification by His Holiness St. John Paul II.

One more miracle will qualify him for Sainthood.

Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago portrait by AVonnHartung_at Pontifical North American College Vatican
Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago

In 2001 I was deeply honored and humbled to be commissioned by the archbishop of San Juan, Monsignor Roberto González Nieves, to paint the official portrait of Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, to be given as a gift from Puerto Rico to the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City where it is exhibited in the Hall of Saints.

I was subsequently interviewed by EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)

 

At the core of Blessed Carlos’ spirituality (Pope John Paul II  said) was his faith in the Resurrection. He promoted the Easter Vigil as the defining moment of Christian spiritual life, repeating often, “We live for that Night.” (Vivimos para esa Noche)

Learn more about Blessed “Charlie” and this portrait

Forever Young, Siempre Joven, Christ Among Us

A 27 sq ft work of art by A.VonnHartung for the students of Colegio (High School) San Juan Bosco at Parroquia Maria Auxiliadora, Cantera, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Párroco Padre Colacho SDB).

Commissioned by the Director and Theology Professor, Padre Jorge Santiago SDB .

Was installed in the main hallway of the school on the Feast Day of San Juan Bosco 31 January 2017.

The painting expresses an Epiphany of Faith, Joy, Love of Community and Learning, so much evident in the Christ-filled spirit of the school.

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La pintura expresa una Epifanía de Fe, Alegría, Amor a la Comunidad y Aprendizaje, tan evidente en el espíritu lleno de Cristo de la escuela.

Director of School Padre Jorge Antonio Santiago SDB with artist Arturo Vonn Hartung and Felix “Junior” Rodriguez

Love Lives!

Most Recent Portraits by A.VonnHartung 2014

"Love Lives" pastel portraits by AVonnHartung
“Love Lives” pastel portraits by AVonnHartung

The painting of portraits (artist’s statement)

Next to Sacred Art, portrait painting is for me a deep spiritual experience, a prayerful endeavor.

In and through the physical characteristics of the person being painted is a map guiding me through and beyond emotions to near where the soul of the person lives. Here I coax the soul out, so-to-speak, with whispers and fleeting glimpses through compassion, intuition and something mystical. This hopefully endows the finished image with a FEELING of who the person being painted IS.
 
I always speak in the present tense of portraits because they have a soul and the soul always lives and is present. AVH
 

“Manuel Diaz and Family” pastel portrait by A.Vonn Hartung 2014

El Jíbaro

Today is Earth Day. What better moment to pay homage to the noble “El Jíbaro”, the Puerto Rican cultural icon! “El Jíbaro” symbolizes to me the “salt of the Earth”

"El Jíbaro" oil portrait by AVonnHartung
“El Jíbaro”
Oil portrait by A.Vonn Hartung

“El Jibaro” is a painting inspired by my neighbors who have cultivated the land of their ancestors from the beginning.

Don Pepe represents for me all those who still cultivate the land; living links to our past, sustenance today and hope for abundance and sustainability in the future.

This painting was inspired by my neighbor Don Pepe “el Múcaro” (the Owl) O’Neill, who I am proud to call my friend. May he rest in peace!

(16″x20″ oil portrait, artist’s collection)

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