American-French (1903-2002). A painter, teacher and poet, Firpo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1903 but moved with his parents to France in 1912.
After the war in Nice, he met Albert Gleize, the recognized authority and theoretician of cubism and art moderne. Impressed by the talent of the young Firpo, Gleize mentored him and held a joint exhibition in Nice in 1928. He garnered the attention and admiration of many well-known artists throughout his long and distinguished career. Matisse wrote in 1952 at a joint exhibition, “I am certain that your harmonious and expressive works make a pretty room very appreciative. I see your beautiful values on the walls, warmed by the sun of Marseille.”
Firpo’s works have been acquired by several museums, including Guggenheim.