- Jan D'Esopo
Jan (born "Janet") was born in New York City. Her father Joe, a second generation Italian, was a doctor and a teacher at
Yale Universityher mother Marion was a psychiatric nurse of Scottish background. The family later moved to Hartford, Connecticutwhere Jan received their primary and secondary education. In 1943, at the age of nine, Jan won various awards in painting at an exhibition held at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. D'Esopo spent some summer vacations in Puerto Rico, where her uncle used to work for Puerto Rican governor Luis Muñoz Marín.
In 1956, she enrolled and attended
Bennington Collegein Vermont. She graduated with majors in painting and sculpture. She also studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts.
In 1961, D'Esopo and her husband purchased an eighteenth century Spanish colonial house located on Norzagaray Street in
Old San Juan. The couple restored the house, which is now known as "The Galeria Inn", and converted it into a gallery, studio, and home. In the gallery, D'Esopo exhibits her works of art and sculptures. D'Esopo developed her own unique style of watercolor painting and in 1985 her paintings were exhibited, with that of other artists from around the world, at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her bronze monuments are exhibited in front of the Capitol Building of Puerto Rico and other public and private buildings.
D'Esopo taught watercolor at the Art Students League in San Juan and founded two art galleries to encourage and promote young artists. She also organized workshops together with her sister Teresa, who is a portrait artist.
Among the publications which have written articles or published the art works of D'Eposo are: "
The New York Times", "Vogue", " The Wall Street Journal", " The Washington Post", " Chicago Daily News", "Colonial Homes", "Country Inns", "Travel & Leisure", and "The American Way Magazine". [ [http://www.bnbchoices.com/puerto-rico/gallery-inn.bnb The Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan] ] She has also recorded two educational videos, "Landscape Painting: Old San Juan" and "Bronze is Her Passion".
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