Rest in Peace
Catherine Matos Olivo

“I see an artist whose portraiture of an irreplaceable journey is as pathologically instinctive and necessary as survival itself. I see birds in flight, the intemperance, and the healing as interpreted and imagined. I see, as well, a woman like me.  One in the process of externalizing her landing, one that explores with her eyes shut an obscure and unpredictable cosmos.”  From Galactic Visions, Brenda Torres Figueroa 2011.

In 2012, Catherine Matos Olivo presented her exhibition Galactic Visions at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Her outstanding work captured her struggle with the disease through dozens of darkened images that detailed both her psychological and physical journey through the period of a year.  Two years after her show, a widely aggressive cancer struck her for a second time.

On Friday, April 19th, 2014 Cati transitioned at the age of 35 in the city of Baltimore, Maryland accompanied by her sister and loved ones.