By Maureen Post Special to Published Feb 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM

In conjunction with a Latino Arts show at the United Community Center, Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell speaks on "Fear, Art and Freedom" in Milwaukee tonight and tomorrow evening.

Martorell’s installation, "La Plena Immortal," is a mixed media representation of the intersecting streams of life, death, war and love. His work focuses on concepts of mortality and self-reflection through a blend of wood cuts, paper collage and stanzas written by the author.

"La Plena Immortal" is a travelling installation previously featured at galleries, community colleges and organizations throughout the world.

Martorell is a well known artist, writer and television broadcaster. Despite spending time in both Spain and Mexico, Martorell, driven by his Puerto Rican roots, created "Taller Alacran" in 1967 as a method for artists to distribute politically charged posters to the masses.

In recent years, his work has focused more directly on Puerto Rican culture and less on politics but the incendiary nature of his design and motivation continues.

You can hear Martorell speak tonight at 6 p.m. at Carroll University or tomorrow night in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts starting at 7 p.m.

"La Plena Immortal" is on display at Latino Arts through March 20. Check the Latino Arts Web site for more information.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.