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 would eventually become an ongoing inspirational source in his art making and the foundations of the style that characterizes his work.

Jorge continued to develop his artistic skills and received formal training after he moved to the United States. There he attended various educational institutions such as: Northern Virginia Community College, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Maryland Institute College of Art and The New York Academy of Art where he received his Master’s degree in Fine Art in 2017. During his studies, Jorge's works were displayed at exhibitions across the institution’s campuses, participated in group shows, had his first solo show at the Peruvian consulate in Washington DC, participated in international group shows and was awarded merit international residencies to Giverny, France in painting and Carrara, Italy in stone carving. Moreover, he has been published in literature journals, news articles, featured in selected web art portfolios, collaborated at Armory Show on an artwork performance and lastly had his works featured in the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated motion picture If Beale Street Could Talk.

Jorge currently resides between Virginia and New York where he continues developing his work and pursuing his professional practice.

 

Statement

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.

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Education

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 Deck the Walls, Wilkinson Gallery, Manhattan, NY.

         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 How Artists Use Natural Stone to Create Timeless Sculptures, Use Natural Stone, Jun. 13.

         ‘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 Graduates 2017, Kunsten, Press Release, Summer Publication.

         Transmorgrification, The Blue Review, Show review, Aug. 31.

         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.

 

Teaching Experience

    2019 Professor, Stone Carving, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

    2018 Teacher Assistant, Stone Carving, New York Academy of art, New York, NY.

    2017 Teacher Assistant, Advanced Ecorche, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

    2015 Teacher Assistant, Painting, Art with a Heart, Baltimore, MD.

    2013 Teacher Assistant, Painting, Landon School, Bethesda, MD.