My 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 emanate from almost any direction, sometimes even from the ground. This is especially true in Puerto Rico, where I was born and raised. The materiality of painting amplifies light and form, and by extension all natural phenomena it attempts to capture. 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.
Sebastián Vallejo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1982. He received a BFA from the University of Puerto Rico (2004), and an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2009). His work has been exhibited in the Museo de las Américas and in the Museo de Arte de Caguas, both in Puerto Rico. In 2010 he participated at Impulse, a single artist presentation at Pulse/Miami with Galería Bickar. In 2009 he was part of "Third Arm", a SUGs curated SAIC booth at Art Chicago 09'. Other fairs are NEXT 09' and CIRCA 06'. Recently, Sebastián won the second prize in the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Visual Arts Juried Competition of Chicago.