Jorge Vascano

Jorge Vascano

Born in 1982, Jorge "Vascano" Vasquez-Elescano spent his childhood north of his birthplace of Lima-Peru, in the jungle-like atmosphere of Tarapoto. This early exposure to exotic forms and the bold colors of his Amazon’s surroundings eventually became an ongoing inspirational source in his art making. Since his artistic formative years in his homeland, Jorge experimented with different disciplines allowing him to merge his practices and develop the foundations of that style that characterizes him.

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. After, he move to New York in pursue of his graduate education, where in 2017 received his Master’s degree 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, had his first solo show at the Peruvian consulate in Washington DC, was in international group shows and was awarded merit international residencies to Giverny, France and Carrara, Italy. Also he has been published in schools’ newspapers, literature journals, news articles, featured in selected web art portfolios and recently had his works featured in the motion picture If Beale Street Could Talk.

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


This body of work is the evolution of my constant curiosity with the intangible complexities that make us human through the exploration of material. I’m fascinated with what lays under the surface of things and their elusive inner qualities that make them unique. Using material as a vehicle, I continuously search and rediscover my subjects in their depictions. However, I find a beautiful reciprocity in this pursuit, because in getting to know them I learn to know myself too. They in a way, help me to dive through my layers 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

2019 Coup de Foudre, Group Exhibition, Domus Design Collection, New York, NY.

2018 If Beale Street Could Talk, Motion Picture, Annapurna Pictures, New York, NY.

         Take Home a Nude , Group Show and Auction, Sotheby's, Manhattan, NY.

         The Unveiling Carrara Merit Award, , Group Show, ABC Worldwide Stone, Brooklyn, NY.

2017 Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, Manhattan, NY.

         Graduates 2017 , Group Show, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

          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.

          Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, Manhattan, NY.

           Giverny Merit Award, Group Show, New York Academy of Art, Manhattan, NY.

 2016 Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, Manhattan, NY.

          Tribeca Ball, New York academy of Art, Manhattan, 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

2019 ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Features Sculptures Made by Former Student, The GW Hatchet, Feb. 19.

         Meet the Artist Behind the Art in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, The Washington Post, Feb. 4.

         Meet the Real-Life Sculptor Who Made Art for the Oscar-Nominated Film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’, Artnet News, Jan. 23.

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.