Orlando Vallejo Caraballo
San Juan, P.R., 1955
San Juan, P.R., 1955
Painter and printmaker. He completed studies in civil engineering in 1972 at the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus, and went on to study at the School of Visual Arts of San Juan, where he became friends with Dennis Mario Rivera y Jorge Zeno, and studied drawing and printmaking with Fran Cervoni and José Alicea. In 1976, he travelled to Spain to further his studies and, upon his return in 1977, he founded the Ausubo Gallery in Caguas. At the beginning of the eighties, he studied painting in the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Puerto Rico. Since 1987 he has organized several solo exhibitions and has taken part in some group shows, including a meeting of painters of the world in Cuzco, Peru in 2002. He has won several awards, and in 2007 the Municipality of Caguas declared him Adopted Son of the city. He served as resident artist of the Altos de Chavón Foundation in the Dominican Republic (1997) and in the Center for Humanistic Studies Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez at the University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico (2013‑2015). The elements that characterize his artwork 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.