Pepón Osorio was born in 1955, in Santurce, Puerto Rico.
He first visited New York when he was 18. Two years later, he returned
to live in the South Bronx, in New York. He studied sociology and
worked in New York as a school social worker and a teacher. At the
same time, he made art that explored his ideas and experiences--collages,
drawings, assemblages, set designs for
dance and theater performances, and large-scale environmental
Osorio believes artists should make works that reflect their time
and country of origin. He also believes artists should use their
work to better the human condition. His work employs cultural
reclamation and includes countless cultural references to his
childhood and adolescence in Puerto Rico and his adulthood in New
York as a black Puerto Rican-American artist. He said:
"By nature, we Puerto Ricans are multicultural, we live
in two cultures. We live in the Puerto Rican culture from Puerto
Rico, and the 'New Yorkian' culture from New York . . . My work
has become testimonial to my immediate community, the South Bronx.
It addresses issues of nostalgia and the conscious choices we Puerto
Ricans have made to decorate our lives, holding on to that moment
in time when we left the island."
act of "looking for, searching out, and piecing together aspects
of lost or hidden legacies."
that focuses on human interaction with their environments such as
pollution and land use.
three-dimensional collage created from a group of everyday objects,
many times pre-made and put together in a specific way.
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