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 inspirational source in his art making. This early exposure to such a vivid environment sparked a constant curiosity for the beautiful inner qualities of the material world, which allows his work to explore deeper into the complexities of his interest of human nature.

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 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, 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 New York where he continues to build his professional portfolio.



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

2018 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

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.