Orlando Vallejo Caraballo
Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1955
Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1955
Painter. Vallejo studied civil engineering at the UPR-Bayamón Campus and went on to study in the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts, where he became friends with Dennis Mario Rivera and Jorge Zeno and studied drawing and printmaking under maestros Fran Cervoni and José Alicea. He studied in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Puerto Rico and in 1976 went to Madrid for further studies. On his return, he founded the Ausubo Gallery in Caguas. Several years later, he became interested in studying Abstract Expressionism and the Austrian Expressionism of Oscar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and Chaim Soutine. Since 1987 he has had a dozen solo exhibitions and taken part in several group shows, among them an international painting exhibition in Cuzco, Peru, in 2002. The elements that characterize his paintings are landscape, the human figure, social criticism, Expressionism, and, mainly, color. He has said that he is self-taught in painting.
"The key behind the work of the artist and its driving force is the intensity. This artist, his canvases, reach us immediately, beyond the specific nature of their images, by the intensity which is consubstantial to the structure of his drawing, composition, and color. Vallejo reconciles all these elements with as much intelligence as imagination, assumes an avant-garde position in the revaluation of the figurative and increases with new and final qualities a unique body of work in our artistic context. His is the art of intensity. Dazzling"
Fuente: Armando Álvarez Bravo-Crítico de arte. Editorial Semana, Inc , jueves, 8 de agosto de 2013
“Entornos”, Galerías Prinardi, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001.
“O. Vallejo”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1999.
“Orlando Vallejo Caraballo”, Galería Coabey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1993.
Alegre Barrios, Mario. “Exuberancia gestual en la obra de Vallejo”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 11 de junio de 1996, p. 79.
Colón Camacho, Doreen. “El follaje tropical de Orlando Vallejo”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 11 de mayo de 1995, p. 174.
Pérez Rivera, Tatiana. “Urbano y natural”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR). 10 de mayo de 2007, pp. 98-99.
Rodríguez, Jorge. “Cusco acoge arte boricua”, El Vocero (San Juan, PR). 1 de agosto de 2002, pp. E4-E5.
Rodríguez, Jorge. “Intensidad y pasión en el expresionismo de Vallejo”. 7 de diciembre de 2007, pp. E4-E5.
Rodríguez, Jorge. “Todo un éxito el Domingo de arte”. El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 22 de octubre de 2001, p. 76.