Art: Ferrer: A Voyage with Salsa

In the eyes of his admirers, Rafael Ferrer's art has come to represent Puerto Rico, rather as the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez stand for Colombia. Certainly, Ferrer—now 44, and having his latest one-man show at Manhattan's Nancy Hoffman Gallery—has not yet produced his masterpiece, his Hundred Years of Solitude. But if any Latin American artist of his generation is likely to, it is he.

Throughout the '70s his work—painting, sculpture and cockeyed hybrid —has provided a winding, mythic narrative about travel and exploration, circling back on a landscape choked with color and crammed with eccentric heroes. Each new show provides a...

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