Full Size Original
Census 2000 Puerto Rico Poster
From a family of humble means, Manuel HernŠndez Acevedo, completed his education through the fourth grade and then went to work as a shoemaker, an apprentice sign painter and cook. While working at the Workshop for Graphic Arts of the Community Education Division for the Department of Public Instruction, he was inspired by other artists at the studio. His favorite scenes were of streets and houses of old San Juan in which we appreciate strange little details, like fence posts, overhead power wires and small kites. "Plaza San Josť," the artwork selected for the Census 2000 poster, is in the collection of the new Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, which opened in 2000 in San Juan.