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ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

Pedro Vélez’s work adopts a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating photography, painting, large scale wall collages, posters, web-based narratives, and fake exhibition announcements.

Walter Robinson Said….., 2014, C-print and collaged acrylic

Walter Robinson Said….., 2014, C-print and collaged acrylic

#DrunkDictators, 2014, C-print and collaged acrylic

#DrunkDictators, 2014, C-print and collaged acrylic

Marginalizing Access To culture, 2014, C-print and collaged acrylic

Marginalizing Access To culture, 2014, C-print and collaged acrylic

Installation view at Galeria Obra Alegria, San Juan

Installation view at Galeria Obra Alegria

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Pedro Vélez (b. Puerto Rico, 1971) obtained his M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his B.A. in Communications at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico.

Exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial 2014, New York; On The Wall at Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago (2014); A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, curated by Michelle Grabner, at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2013); Contemporary Passions: American, European, and Latin American Art from the Serapión and Belk Collection, Museo de Arte de Ponce, PR (2012); Eraser, curated by Rachel Furnari, at Magnan Metz Gallery in NYC (2011); The Day of the Corrupt at Western Exhibitions, Chicago (2009); Epilepsy and Pegatina and Adult Porn, Plush Gallery in Dallas (2007); Godfuck at Galeria Comercial, San Juan (2006). Special projects for Art Fairs include: Hell in LAMB UC for NADA Art Fair (2005) and Art LA (2007). His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in NYC, Locust Projects in Miami, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, the Newark Center for the Arts in New Jersey and El Museo del Barrio in NYC.

His work as an artist and writer has been discussed in the New York Times, Artforum, Art Ltd, Frieze, Artlies, Miami Herald among many other publications. For 10 years Pedro Vélez maintained a regular column about the art scenes in San Juan and Chicago for Artnet Magazine and his writing has been published in Newcity, New Art Examiner and Arte al Día. He was also the editor of the blog El Box Score.

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