Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Máximo Rafael Colón is a New York based photographer who studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

Although his primary medium is analogue photography, Colón also creates assemblages in the found object tradition.  His works have been exhibited in several venues throughout New York City and Puerto Rico and a number of his photographs form part of the Centro De Estudios Puertorriqueños archives at CUNY Hunter College and of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Colón's work was prominently featured in ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, and The Loisaida Center  in Manhattan.  He is currently editing My Upside Down World: Deconstructing Photography, a five year digital project encompassing photographs from New York, Puerto Rico, Berlin, Mainz, Paris, Havana, and Toronto.

His works can be found in numerous publications and are part of many private collections.



2017     Radical Imagination, Radical Humanity, by Rose Muzio

2017      Encuentro, Galería de Arte de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico

2017     La eternidad de las imágenes:  entrevista y crónica con Máximo Colón by Melanie Pérez                                 Ortiz,  80grados.net; March 2017

2017      Máximo Rafael Colón Autorretratos,  by Nelson Rivera, 80grados.net, November 3rd

2015     "Not An Objective Observer" by David Gonzalez, The New York Times, October 23rd

2015     "When the Young Lords Were Outlaws in New York" by Holland Cotterjuly,  The New York Times,                    July 23rd

2011     "My life in Nueva York" by Ed Morales, 80grados.net, May 20th

2010     The Afro-Latin@ Reader Edited by Miriam Jimenez Roman and Juan Flores.  Published by Duke
              University Press, photos on pages 240, 267.

2010     Puerto Rican Citizen by Lorrin Thomas published by the University of Chicago Press; photo on
             page 236.

2010     Images of America Pioneros II Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948-1998 Bilingual Edition by
             Virgina Sanchez Korrol and Pedro Juan Hernandez.  Published by Arcadia Publishing, photo on
             page 99.

2009    Centro Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Volume XXI, No. 2, Fall 2009, photos on
              pages 114, 118, 120, 131, 132, 142.

2005    Contradictory Violence: Revolution and Subversion in the Caribbean by Nicole Waller. Published
              by Universitatverlag Heidelberg, 2005, photos on pages 1, 192 and 260.

2004    Cortijo's Wake - El entierro de Cortijo by Edgardo Rodriguez Julia.  Published by Duke University
              Press, 2004, photos on pages 75 & 82.

2003    Culture Clash in America- Nuyorican Stories, by Culture Clash. Published by Theatre
             Communications Group 2003.  Mentioned in Acknowledgement on page 67 and developed into a
             character on pages 83, 84 & 85.

2001     Souls A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Talking About Race.  Winter 2001
             Vol. 3 No. 1.  Columbia University, Westview Press.  “Racial Formation and Transformation: Toward a
             Theory of Black Racial Oppression” by Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua.  Photo on page 39.

2001     Souls a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Reinventing Jamaica:
             A Conversation about the Renewal of a Diasporic Society.  Winter 2001 Vol. 3 No. 4.  Columbia
             University, Westview Press.  “A Biracial Identity or a New Race?” by Minkah Makalani photos on
             pages 82 & 89. 

2001     Mambo Montage - The Latinization of New York.  Edited by Augustin Lao-Montes & Arlene Dávila.
             Columbia University Press 2001.  
             Acknowledgement page ix; 
             Introduction - photo on page 53;  
             Chapter 9- Ambiguous Identities! By Elsa B. Cardalda Sanchez & Amilcar Tirado Aviles- photos on                    page 287; 
             Chapter 5- Culture in the Battlefront by Arlene Davila- photos on page 181; 
             Chapter 14- Engendering and Coloring Labor Unions by Mary García Castro, photos on page 407. 

2000    From Bomba to Hip-Hop, Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity by Juan Flores. Published by
             Columbia University Press 2000.  Prelude photo on page I, “Pueblo Pueblo” photo on page 16,
             “Puerto Rocks” photo on page 114; and “Life Off the Hyphen” photo on page 166.

1998     The Puerto Rican Movement Voices from the Diaspora, edited by Andrés Torres and José E.        
              Velazquez. Temple University Press.  Mentioned on page 182 photos on pages 260-61.

1996    Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, published by Hunter College CUNY Winter 1996-97, Vol. IX,
             No. 9. “Puerto Ricans and Politics of School Reform” by Pedro Pedraza. Photo on page 74.

1994    Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños published by Hunter College CUNY Winter 1994-/Spring 95,
             Vol. VII, No. 1.  “Resources of Hope: Imagining the Young Lords and the Politics of Memory” by
             Agustin Lao, photo on page 35. “Caribbean Colonial Immigrants in the Metropoles: A Research
             Agenda” by Ramon Grosfoguel photo on page 82, photo on inside back cover.

1993     Divided Borders- Essays on Puerto Rican Identity by Juan Flores.  Published by Arte Publico Press
             1993.  “La Carreta Made a U-Turn”: Puerto Rican Language and Culture in the United States.  Photo
             on page 156.

1992    Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, published by Hunter College CUNY Spring 1992-93, Vol. V,
             No. 2.  The Language of Memorial Murals photo on page 18.

1991      The Hispanic World, by Professor J.E. Elliott, published by Thames and Hudson, LTD, London,
              England. Two photos provided.

1991      Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Bulletin, Spring 1991, Vol. III, No. 2 published by Hunter                          College  CUNY. Photos inside cover; Editorial photo on pages 6-7; “Mi Gente” by Andy & Jerry                      Gonzalez, photo on pages 62-63; “Latin Empire: Puerto Rap” photo pages 86-87.

1990    Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Bulletin, Spring 1990, Vol. II, No. 8 published by Hunter                         College CUNY.  “From the Margin to the Center: Puerto Rican Cinema in New York” by Lillian                         Jimenez  photo on page 30.

1989    Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Bulletin, published by Hunter College CUNY Winter 1989-1990
             Vol. II, No. 7 “Mi Gente” by Antonia Pantoja & Esperanza Martell photo on page 49.

1988    Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Bulletin, Spring 1988,Vol. II, No. 3 published by Hunter College
             CUNY.  “Bumbún and the Beginnings of la Plena” by Juan Flores photos on page 19. 

1987     Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Bulletin, published by Research Foundation of CUNY- Winter
             1987-88, Vol. II, No. 2.  “People/Mi Gente” by Ruth M. Reynolds, photo on pages 44-45.

1974    Journal of Contemporary Puerto Rican Thought, The Rican.  Published by the Midwest Institute of
            Puerto Rican Studies and Culture, Inc.  Vol. II Number 2 & 3.  Cover photo, contributor mention on
            page 3, photos on pages 44-45 and pages 108-109.

1973    Ramparts Magazine, January 1973-Vol. II, No. 7- “Down Those Means Streets: The Framing Of Carlos
            Feliciano” by Jose Yglesias.  Photos on pages 34-35, 36.

1972   Carlos Feliciano History & Repression, with introduction by William Kunstler, published by The
           Committee to Defend Carlos Feliciano.  Cover photo



2018      ENTREDICHOS: Nuevas adquisiciones de la colección permanente del Museo de Arte                                    Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico.

2018      CitiCien 100 Artist 100 years the Jones act 2017- 2018, 

Exhibition venues
Clemente Soto Velez, New York
Casa Ruth,   Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Taller Boriqua, New York

2017     Máximo Rafael Colón,  La Galería Delta de Picó- Liga Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan. Viejo San                     Juan, Puerto Rico

2017     Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York,  presented by the Museum of the City of New York

2017      Ida y Vuelta  2017,  Museo De Antropolgia Historia y Arte,  Universidad De Puerto Rico Recinto De                 Rio Piedras

2017     Máximo Rafael Colón Autorretratos,  by Mariela Fullana Acosta, El Nuevo Dia, September 18th

2017      Pa los Santos, Primera Trienal de Arte sobre Espiritualidad Afroantillana y del Caribe, Museo Casa                  Escuté, Carolina, Puerto Rico 

2017      Whose Streets? Our Streets, New York City 1980-2000, Bronx Documentary Center

2017      Encuentro con Máximo Rafael Colón Galería de Arte de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón,                          Puerto Rico

2015      Sin Pedir Permiso:  La Experiencia Afrodescendiente,  Museo Casa Escuté, Carolina, Puerto Rico                      November

2015      Homenaje a Jorge Soto Sánchez, The Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Longwood Art                 Center@Hostos, Bronx, New York

2015     ¡Presente! The Young Lords, The Bronx Museum, Museo Del Barrio, Loizaida Center, New York, 
             July – December

2013     Devoción, SMV Gallery Space, New York, NY, May.

2013     Black & White Two Photographers, Galeria Media Noche, April – May.

2012     Occupy Wall Street, Brick Gallery, Catskill NY.

2011      New York Photo Festival, Foto Visura Pavilion, May.

2008    1968 Then & Now, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Nathan Cummings Foundation, September –

2005    Centro Gallery at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, April – May.

1974     FOCUS 74 at Gallery 1199, New York City, New York.

1974     Dos Mundos: Worlds of the Puerto Rican at El Instituto de Cultura, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1974     Dos Mundos: Worlds of the Puerto Rican at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, sponsored by                the Institute of Contemporary Hispanic Art and the Trustees of the New York Cultural Center.

1973     Dos Mundos: Worlds of the Puerto Rican at the NY Cultural Center, sponsored by the Institute of
             Contemporary Hispanic Art and the Trustees of the New York Cultural Center, December 1973.



2010     Passionate Politics: The Life & Work of Charlotte Bunch, AndersonGold Films, Inc.  Photos                         provided.

2005    Documentary Film in Progress by Melissa Montero:  Our Women, Our Struggle.  Photos provided.

1996     Palante, Siempre Palante The Young Lords, A Documentary by Iris Morales.  Photos provided.

1995     Documentary Video Project: Karina Epperlein's Voices from Inside.  Project producer Karina                          Epperlein