jv bio

Jorge Vascano


Born in 1982, Jorge "Vascano" Vasquez Elescano became initiated in the arts as a generally self-taught artist. Jorge spent his childhood north of his birthplace of Lima-Peru, in the jungle-like atmosphere of Tarapoto. There, Jorge grew a fascination with the exotic forms and bold colors of the Amazon’s surroundings, which would eventually become an ongoing source of inspiration in his art making.

Jorge continued to develop his skills in the arts and received formal training after he moved to the United States and enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, where he got his Associate Degree in Fine Arts. Later on he went to Corcoran College of Art and Design, and then finished his undergraduate on 2015 at Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus in painting. After, he move to New York in pursue of his graduate education, where he recently in 2017 received his Master’s in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art. During his studies, Jorge's works were displayed at exhibitions across educational institution’s campuses, participated in group shows, was awarded merit international residencies to Giverny, France and Carrara, Italy and was published in schools’ newspapers, literature journal, news articles and featured in selected web art portfolios.

Jorge currently resides in the New York where he has upcoming shows and continues to build his professional portfolio.



Jorge “Vascano” Vasquez Elescano se inicio en las artes generalmente como un artista auto didacta. Nacio en Lima-Peru en 1982, pero paso su niñes al norte de su lugar de nacimiento en la atmosfera tropical de selva de Tarapoto-San Martin. Ahi, Jorge quedo fascinado con las formas exoticas, colores vivos e intensos de su entorno Amazonico, los cuales eventualmente se convertirian en una continua fuente de inspiracion en su trabajo artistico.

Jorge continuo desarrollando su talento en las artes al recibir un entrenamiento formal despues que emigro a Los Estados Unidos y matricularse en Northen Virginia Community College, donde obtuvo su associate degree en Bellas Artes. Luego se matriculo en Corcoran College of Art and Design de la cual se transfirio a Maryland Institute College of Art donde se graduo en 2015 con un enfoque en pintura. Durante sus estudios, las obras de Jorge fueron exhibidas a traves de las sedes de Corcoran, MICA y NOVA, recibiendo reconocimiento y siendo publicadas en periodicos de las instituciones, revista de arte y literature, articulos y en selectos portafolios virtuales.

Actualmente Jorge reside en New York donde esta trabajando en su maestria en The New York Academy of Art y continua desarrollando profesionalmente su coleccion artistica.


My work is a constant state of searching, in which my fascination for the beautiful inner qualities of the material world allows me to explore deeper into the complexities of what means to be human. Even though I often depict others this search is a personal one because I found a beautiful reciprocity that in getting to know them I learn to know myself too. They in a way help me to strip all my masks and find my own humanity reflected in theirs.



2017 MFA Painting, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

2015 BFA Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD.

2012 Painting, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC.

2010 Fine Arts Associates Degree, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Annandale, VA.


Selected Exhibitions

2017 About-Face, Group Show, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY.

          Transmorgrification, Group Show, Art Space, long Island City, NY.

           Thesis Exhibition, Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art, Tribeca, NY.

2015 Reminiscences(Solo Show), Westminster, Woodbridge, VA.

          Reminiscences, Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

2014 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Juried Show , Anacostia Arts Center Gallery, Washington, DC.

         Wake Up Call , Collective Exhibition, Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, VA.

         Be Amazing, Gala & Silent Auction Art Exhibition, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD.

2013  Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Juried Show, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC.

         Algo en Comun (Solo Show), Artistic Space, General Consulate of Peru, Washington, DC.

         Permanent Exhibition: The Altered Book Project, Library Collection, NOVA, Alexandria, VA.

         Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, White Halls, Corcoran College, Washington, DC.

         Between Action & Meaning, Undergraduate Exhibition, White Halls, Corcoran, Washington, DC.

         Annual Printmaking Exhibition, Gallery 31, Corcoran, Washington, DC.

2012 Something in Common, Artomatic, Collective Installation, Crystal City, VA.

2009  Painting Juried Exhibition, Verizon Gallery, NOVA, Annandale, VA.

2008 Fine Arts department Juried Exhibition, Tyler Gallery, NOVA, Alexandria, VA.

2007  The Altered Book Project Travel Show, NOVA & The School of Design Duoc-UC in Santiago-Chile.

         Text, Image & Form The Altered Book Project Exhibition, Library Gallery, NOVA, Alexandria, VA.


Publications and Awards

2017 ABC Worldwide Stone Carrara Merit Award Residency, Studio Corsanini, Carrara, Italy.

         Downtown Art School that Warhol Started Raises its Celebrity Profile, New York Times, Apr. 26.

2016 Hotel Association New York City Sustainability Award, Design Winner, New York, NY.

         Giverny Merit Award Residency, Terra Foundation for American Art-Europe, Giverny, France.

         David Schafer Portrait Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

2014 Jorge Vascano: An Art Statement Becomes a Conversation, Examiner Online Journal, Oct. 18.

         Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Semifinalist RUSH Philanthropic Foundation, Washington, DC.

         MICA Achievement Award, Competitive Scholarship, MICA, Baltimore, MD.

2013 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Semifinalist RUSH Philanthropic Foundation, Washington, DC.

         Vascano: Peruvian Artist Exhibits His Works in DC , Somos Baltimore Latino Magazine, Oct. 16.

         Alumnus Makes Moving Donation to the Alexandria Library, Intercom Weekly Journal, Oct. 14.   

         Peruvian Painter & Sculptor exhibits at DC Consulate, El Comercio Newspaper, Vol. IV, Sept. 27

2009 Painting Student Show, 3rd place prize, NOVA Annandale, VA.

         Nightmare & Hypocrite , NOVA Calliope Student Journal of Art and Literature, Spring Publication.

2007 Altered Book Project, Intercom Weekly Journal, Sept. Publication.

         Altered Book Project , Virginia Libraries journal, July-Sept. Publication.