Today we're sharing the eleventh of twenty-two paintings (all of them views of The Bronx) by Bronx artist Daniel
Hauben for the new Robert A. M. Stern Library on the Bronx Community College campus. The panel is titled
"Coquito Man" (below) and takes inspiration from another painting Hauben completed earlier in his career.
"The ubiquitous Coquito Man - to be found in a neighborhood park, or on a street corner- ever ready to shave some ice and pour syrup over it for you on a hot summer afternoon.
The original painting (below) was created on location on the northeast corner of 170th Street and Jerome Avenue (looking south). I felt this iconic image would fit in well with my
portrayal of The Bronx, for the Bronx Community College commission. The only problem is the original is a vertical, and in order to convert it into a 1.5' x 5' frieze panel, I had
to stretch Jerome Avenue into a broad boulevard. Since first showing the piece to friends, while I was still working on it, it has elicited a great deal of speculation as to whether it
is Coney Island, or Brighten Beach, or some other boulevard. Encouraged by this response, I let the festive feeling of such a location dictate the direction I took with the
painting; brightening the colors and taking other playful liberties, such as featuring my friend, Anthony Ramirez II (of from The Bronx) talkin' on
his cell, in the foreground."
We know we're only up to the eleventh panel, but we're pretty sure this one mighttttttt be our favorite. And it has less to do with Anthony's starring role and more to do with his t-shirt! Gotta
love that Bronx Heart! :) How do you feel about this panel?