I fell in love with Norberto Marrero’s complex prints of fools errands and misguided kings in 2003.

In 2010 during the production of Poder something magical happened with him. Since 2010, he has created five books, with each structure becoming more complex. These books of woodcuts and etchings illustrate his metaphorical poems exploring the complexities with life on the island.

Ventanas, Windows

Todo sitio enajenante, Supone una balanza y toda balanza, Engaña: el mar es de otro

Ah ciudad destartalada y fria, Estoy reducido al vientre de las cabras, A laz cabezas que se vacian, En la meditaction . . .

Ventanas is a five-page flag book containing a poem written by Norbeto, himself. Each installment of the poem is accompanied by an adjacent chine collé woodcut depicting enigmatic hand gestures. Homages to Albert Durer’s rhinoceros reside on the verso.

Printed in black and white, illuminated with watercolor.

2014  9 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 1 ins closed  Ventanas comes in a clamshell box.   $1500.

El Camino de los Sueños ‘The Trail of Dreams’

(2013) $1200

A road made of dreams, is a path made of scars, of fragments, of screams.

Who has the time to walk your with feet. Who goes in the shadows, lazy and stupid, not to know the fate of the stones. You do not know how much agony cherishes the gaze of the walker. Ah, the dreams of walking!


Un cuento de hadas

2012,  Edition of 5 $1200

Un cuento de hadas is a tunnel book with woodcuts illuminated with watercolor. The wrapper is in two parts each with illustrated with a woodcut.

Dimensions: Closed: 11 x 9.25 x .75 inches, 28.5 x 23.5 x 2 cm, Open: 23 x 9.13 x 4.4inches, 58.5 x 23 x 11cm, Exterior wrapper: 34.75 x 11.13inches, 88.3 x 28.3cm,Interior wrapper: 24.25 x 9.13 inches, 61.5 x 23cm

Un cuento de hadas ‘A Fairy Tale’ is a story about the dream of freedom, a is the story of a king who does not believe in his reign because freedom is their deepest and coveted desire.

. . . is the story of a man, tired of being king, who chose to embrace the dream of freedom and not to become enchanted by the dazzling brightness and pettiness in other currencies.


Mexican American & Iberian Collections, Green Library, Stanford University

Duke University, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library

University of Southern California Library