“Portrait of a Figure With Striped Shirt and Tie,” left, and “Portrait of a Woman With Sun Rays,” paintings by Paul Camacho that will be on display at MoCA Westport from Jan. 13 through Feb. 26.

WESTPORT — An exhibition of paintings by Paul Camacho, showcasing his approach to portraits, abstracts and still life, will open Jan. 13 at MoCA Westport.

The exhibit, “Paul Camacho: El Ritmo y La Unidad,” will be on display through Feb. 26 at the museum, 19 Newtown Turnpike.

An opening reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12. The event is open to the public and free to MoCA members. To register, click here.

The museum’s annual exhibit of art work by high school students — this year’s theme is “Who Are You When You Are Dreaming?” — also will be on view.

The Camacho display — in English, “Rhythm and Unity” — will feature about 50 works by the late artist, drawn primarily from the Westport Public Art Collections, as well as paintings loaned by the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport and the Benjamin Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia Jr. Collection.

Camacho, who died in 1989, is described as a “Puerto Rican artist active within the mid- to late-20th Century, his work must be understood within the context of industrialization and modernist abstraction as it flourished in the global 1960s,” according to a MoCA publicity release.

“The show is titled ‘El Ritmo y La Unidad’ because Camacho instills each painting with a vibrant sense of color and movement, ultimately creating unified representations of everyday life and eccentric designs,” Alexandra M. Thomas, the exhibition curator, said in the publicity statement.

“Still Life With Wine Bottle No. 3,” another of the Paul Camacho paintings from the Westport Public Art Collections that will be exhibited at MoCA.

“Paul Camacho: El Ritmo y La Unidad” marks the 2023 collaboration between MoCA Westport and WestPAC, an annual project to showcase some of the more than 1,800 works in the WestPAC holdings in a public place.

Many of those works are housed in public schools and municipal buildings, not always accessible to the public.

WestPAC’s collection of Camacho paintings is believed to the largest in the nation, according to Kathleen Bennewitz, the town curator.

“Camacho’s life in Westport creates a unique relationship with local viewers, while his ties to Puerto Rico brings his work to a larger audience and conversation,“ Liz Leggett, MoCA Westport’s director of exhibitions, said in the museum’s publicity release.

The exhibit also will include a “learning gallery” with approximately 20 works of abstract art from WestPAC’s collection curated by Ive Covaci, museum officials said.

A series of programs related to the exhibition is planned during January and February. For details, click here.

For more information, contact MoCA Westport by calling 203-222-7070 or emailing info@mocawestport.org.