Nontoxic Printmaking, Safe Painting & Printed Art

            Notoxico International Printmaking Convention and Exhibition
, March 2009

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The mission statement for NOTOXICO is 'the production of contemporary graphic artwork using techniques and procedures that do not harm health or the environment.' In March this year (2009), this objective took shape as a major international event combining a congress on contemporary nontoxic printmaking with an exhibition and series of workshops aimed at disseminating nontoxic techniques.

The line-up of nontoxic printmakers speaking at the conference and delivering workshops included: Alfonso Crujera (Spain), Graciela Buratti (Argentina), Antonio Damian (Spain), Paco Mora (Spain), and Keith Howard (USA).

(Top, right to left): Enrique Gonzalez Flores, Alfonso Crujera, Alberto Luna, Paco Mora, Omar Fabian, Plinio Avila, Carlos Velazquez, Antonio Damian and Felipe Ehrenberg.
(Bottom, right to left): Bernice Cross, Keith Howard, Jan Hendrix, Sergio de Osio, Jim Lorena, Eva Figueras and Graciela Buratti.

(Second from right) Keith Howard
Head of Printmaking and Research at the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Art. In the last decade he has delivered over 100 workshops and seminars worldwide on his non-toxic intaglio printmaking innovations.

Omar Fabian, Graciela Buratti, Federico Lopez Castro and Paco Mora durante el panel: "Los procesos de produccion no toxicos desde la perspectiva del productor."

Professor Eva Figueras en el segundo dia de actividades durante la conferencia titulada: "Hacia una practica mas sostenible en el arte del grabado."

A Review of Notoxico (selected extracts)
Professor Keith Howard

This convention was extremely well orchestrated with interesting panel discussions from artists and other individuals who generated enlightened debate. This was followed by a dynamic printmaking exhibition that demonstrated how non-toxic printmaking can no longer be regarded as secondary to painting and other art forms. There were prints of monumental proportion from China, prints using the 4 Color Inversion Intaglio-Type and even prints made with once living safe bacteria. Top artists from Mexico, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Greece, Poland, Brazil, USA, Chile, Peru, Canada, Italy, Columbia, Russia, France, Holland, Cuba, China, Belgium, New Zealand, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico were represented in this exhibition. There were over 300 prints across a wide range of printmaking mediums, all beautifully framed and exhibited in a gigantic gallery space that once housed a large steel mill. 


The convention and exhibition were a great introduction to the world of non-toxic contemporary printmaking in Mexico but equally important were the five days of hands-on workshops that followed.  Around one hundred artists and teachers were able to attend these workshops. There were eight intaglio presses, a professional exposure unit, paper drying racks and screenprinting machines all brought in for the event. Participants were also introduced to Akua water-soluble intaglio ink that was used successfully with screenprinting and relief printmaking.


This series of workshops gave Mexican printmakers the necessary skills to assume the responsibility of adding momentum to this new direction in printmaking. At the end of the workshop frenzy I could see that printmakers were eager to get back to their studios to start their new adventure in printmaking. From Sergio de Osio's original conception, to the chain of organizers from the upper administration of Conarte, to the secretaries and assistants: all brilliantly synchronized to pull off this world-class event.  A feat to be extremely proud of."

Prof. Keith Howard
Head of Contemporary Non-Toxic Printmaking
RIT School of Art

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Del ordenador al tórculo

Javier Maldonado O'Farrill en su presentación 'Del ordenador al tórculo' llevada a cabo en el Departamento de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico - Recinto de Río Piedras, 5 de mayo de 2011.
(Del programa de Cultura Viva transmitido el 22 de mayo de 2011)