Nery Cruz: Dialogue with an Adventist artist in Puerto Rico
Nery Cruz is a gifted illustrator and artist whose work is known and admired in many countries of the Americas.
Born in Jalapa, Guatemala, in 1954, he studied architectural design at Universidad de San Carlos and Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala City.
For the past 13 years San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been Nery’s home and professional base.
Here, near the sea, he
own studio and balances his
work between commercial art and fine art.
Before coming to Puerto Rico, he illustrated many books and periodicals, working as an artist for Pacific Press Publishing Association in both California and Idaho.
began painting at a very young age, and his
life’s passion is art.
has had individual and collective exhibits in his
native country as well as in the United States and Puerto Rico.
In addition to art, he
enjoys other activities that include missionary work, construction, mechanics, and gourmet cooking.
Nery has been married to Lori Le Duc, a nurse, for 16 years.
The recent diagnoses of his
son, Justin, with cystic fibrosis, and his
father-in-law with a liver tumor have made Nery
more aware of how vulnerable we are on this earth as human beings.