Sebastian Vallejo

Sebastian Vallejo was born in Puerto Rico in 1982. His artistic journey began in his homeland, where he cultivated a deep appreciation for his cultural heritage. Vallejo later pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, graduating in 2004. This foundational education set the stage for his unique approach to painting and his profound connection to his roots.

Eager to expand his horizons, Vallejo moved to the United States to further his studies. He attended The Art Institute of Chicago, where he completed his Master’s degree in painting and drawing in 2009. This period of intense study and immersion in a vibrant artistic community significantly influenced his evolving style and technique.

Vallejo’s work is deeply rooted in a tradition of artists utilizing found fabrics as their canvas support. He incorporates fabrics that reflect his Puerto Rican heritage—often brightly colored with almost garish or kitsch floral patterns. Using his hands to apply paint, Vallejo channels the spirit of the Abstract Expressionist painters of the 1950s, creating works that are both spontaneous and deeply personal.

His paintings are inspired by the expansive quality and spontaneous character of nature, particularly the light and color of the Caribbean. Organic and inorganic forms collide and transform in his work, resulting in pieces that are vibrant, dynamic, and reflective of his cultural background.

Vallejo’s work has been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions across different American cities. His notable solo exhibitions include:

  • 2019: “Light + Art” at Ketra Lighting, New York, NY
  • 2019: “Art & Fragrances” at Diptyque Madison Ave., New York, NY
  • 2018: “Romancero” at Arlene Angard Gallery at Cosentino Manhattan, New York, NY
  • 2017: “Wind, Light and Color” at Arlene Angard Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2016: “In Search of Asphodels” at Cuevas Tilleard, New York, NY
  • 2016: “Paramnesia” at Museo del Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, San Juan, PR
  • 2007: “Made in Chicago” at ÁREA: Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, PR

Vallejo has also participated in several significant group exhibitions, including:

  • 2020: “Juntxs: Colección Hernández Castrodad” at Museo de Arte y Diseño, San Juan, PR
  • 2020: “Acervo, Historia y Futuro” at Museo de Arte de Caguas, PR
  • 2017: “Spring Temper” at Godel & Co., New York, NY

His work has been featured in major art fairs such as CIRCA in San Juan (2006, 2007), ARTChicago (2009), PULSE in Miami (2010), and ArteBA in Buenos Aires. In 2012, Vallejo was part of the collective exhibition “Friends with Benefits” at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, further cementing his place in the contemporary art scene.

Sebastian Vallejo’s career is a testament to his dedication and passion for art. His unique blend of cultural heritage, profound artistic influences, and innovative techniques has earned him a respected place in the art world. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Vallejo continues to explore and expand his artistic expression, captivating audiences with his vibrant and dynamic works.

Good Wind

Rain, Light and Sea

Rhythm of the Wind