This article, “Alcántara: Gráfica atenta” [Alcántara: Alert Printing] by the art critic Miguel González (b. 1950) is the only written account of the exhibition that includes testimonial comments, which help to clarify his idea of an “artist.” From May 10 through June 6, 1974, the Luis Ángel Arango Library (Bogotá) exhibited a total of sixty works at the first retrospective exhibition of work by the Colombian draftsman and printmaker Pedro Alcántara (b. 1942). No other exhibition in Bogotá at the time was showing more work than this one. The exhibition 10 años de obra gráfica [10 Years of Printing] presented drawings, lithographs, and silkscreens; it included Alcántara’s entry at the XII Bienal de São Paulo [XII São Paulo Biennial] (1973), and the drawing Retrato de una mujer [Portrait of a Woman] that took the prize at the XXII Salón de Artistas Nacionales [XXII National Artists’ Salon] (1971). A few months later, a selection of works from this exhibition was shown at the ICP (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [Puerto Rican Cultural Institute] in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the time of the exhibition, Alcántara was a well-known, thirty-two-year-old draftsman and printmaker from Cali who influenced a generation of his peers. He had already won several national and international distinctions, such as the Gubbio Prize (Italy, 1962), and the Prize for Drawing at the Bienal Latinoamericana de Dibujo y Grabado [Latin American Biennial of Drawing and Printmaking] (Caracas, 1967). Printing enjoyed considerable popularity in Colombia during the 1970s, probably along the same lines as printmaking did during the short, brilliant lifespan of the Papel Periódico Ilustrado [Illustrated Newspaper], the publication founded in 1881 by Alberto Urdaneta (1845–1887). Pedro Alcántara contributed generously to the popularity of printmaking in national art circles, especially by getting involved in the organization of the Bienales de Artes Gráficas [Print Biennials] and encouraging the Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia [La Tertulia Museum of Modern Art] in Cali to extend an invitation to the well-known Puerto Rican printmaker and designer Lorenzo Homar (1913–2004). The exhibition and the course that Homar taught inspired a group of artists and photographers from Cali, which ultimately led to the creation of the first print portfolio produced for the multinational corporation Cartón de Colombia, S. A.