Sebastian Vallejo’s paintings reflect on the aesthetic relation between organic forms, intangible structures, as well as impalpable and palpable perceptions and their visual, cultural, and psychical implications. Strong references to his Caribbean roots intertwine with an expansive, improvisational, and quasi-chaotic visual language and form are a recurrent narrative in his work. In the creation of his highly visceral art, remnants of polychrome fabrics and pigments are applied to the canvas through a collage-esque transfer technique. Brush or hand-applied strokes then take place, shifting across the image plane in seemingly haphazard gestures that yield a striking and spontaneous visual ode to color and mark-making.
Sebastian Vallejo (b. 1982 Puerto Rico) His studies include an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009; a Post Baccalaureate Certificate from SAIC in 2007; and a BFA from the University of Puerto Rico in 2004. Vallejo has exhibited widely and is in private collections in Puerto Rico, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Texas. He has been featured in New York Spaces magazine, Paper magazine, Elle Décor, and ASPIRE Design & Home magazine among others. His work was recently the subject of a solo museum exhibition at the Museo del Arsenal de la Marina Española in San Juan, Puerto Rico.