Eric Tabales

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Painting, sculpture, and teaching. In 1985 Tabales obtained his BS in biology and chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, where he also studied medical technology in 1987. He later completed a BA in plastic arts at the UPR and, in 1996, an MA in painting from the Academia San Carlos (Escuela de Bellas Artes) at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma in Mexico City. In 1993 he won first prize at the 3rd Young Art Biennial sponsored by the Chase Manhattan Bank. The Puerto Rico Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics has awarded him several prizes, including the Public Monument prize in 1995 for his Juan Acha Meditation Chapel, Mexico City; the Private Monument prize in 1996; Best Exhibit in his medium in 1998; and Best Exhibit of 2006. He has taught at the University of Puerto Rico and the Inter-American University. He created the stained-glass windows at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, the Centro de Bellas Artes in Guaynabo, and the Braulio Castillo Theater in Bayamon. In 1995 Tabales patented the "oxide" technique, which he uses for his work. This technique is the result of both technical and conceptual research that has also led him to become identified with a new vision of the Latin American plastic arts. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Universidad Central, Bayamon.