Pepon Osorio

September 26, 2007 at 6:30pm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall

Osorio is best known for large-scale installations and was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He was educated at the Universidad Inter-Americana in Puerto Rico and Herbert H. Lehman College in New York, and received an MA from Columbia University in 1985. Osorio’s pieces, influenced by his experience as a social worker in The Bronx, usually evolve from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among which he is working. “My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to the community,” he says. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art and El Museo del Barrio in New York, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico. Pepón Osorio lives in Philadelphia at teaches at the Tyler School of Art. Osorio will be speaking at the Virginia Museum on the evening of September 26th. Earlier that day, he will do studio visits at VCU.

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