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Sebastian Vallejo

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20180304181740-el_ritmo_del_viento
20180304181751-colores_del_medio_di_a_en_san_miguel_de_allende
20180304181802-esperando_la_tormenta
20180304181809-la_luz_del_viento
20180304181813-lluvia__luz_y_viento
20180304181819-sea_breeze
20180304181829-todo_es_de_color
20180304181847-verde_viento
20180304182324-colores_del_medio_di_a_en_san_miguel_de_allende
20180304182339-el_ritmo_del_viento
20180304182339-esperando_la_tormenta
20180304182347-lluvia__luz_y_viento
20180304182349-la_luz_del_viento
20180304182352-sea_breeze
20180304182400-todo_es_de_color
20180304182402-verde_viento
Quick Facts
Birthplace
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Birth year
1982
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009, MFA
Tags
mixed-media
Statement

b.1982 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sebastian Vallejo's paintings describe the aesthetic relation between organic and inorganic forms and its visual and cultural implications. The paintings are inspired by the expansive and improvisational qualities that exist in nature and by the light and colors of the Caribbean where the light seems to radiate from almost any direction, "sometimes even from the ground". This is especially true in Puerto Rico, where Vallejo was born and raised.  The materiality of painting amplifies light and form, and by extension, all natural phenomena it attempts to capture.  The works make allusions to the classical Apollonian-Dionysian split, where presentation and negation, organization and disorder, become ever-present. The paintings deal with notions of beauty and the sublime by adopting and sometimes exaggerating Caribbean clichés and Romantic tropes in traditional painting—pushing the boundaries inherent in the genre of painting while simultaneously celebrating its history.