Pedro Veléz is a Puerto Rican artist born in 1971 in Bayamón, a town located in the northern coastal valley. His oeuvre comprises painting, large-scale wall collages, web-based works, and sculpture. Veléz received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC) in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and his Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His work combines art criticism and journalism, creating “visual essays”. His visual essays consist of paintings, photographic collages, limited edition posters and postcards, which resemble movie posters. He uses text in his works, based on Twitter hashtags. Veléz's work adopts a multidisciplinary approach, which offers the commentary on a variety of issues, such as race, politics and aesthetic concerns. He is known for producing fake exhibition announcements and posters.
For many years, Pedro Veléz has contributed criticism to Newcity’s art section, as well as to Artnet Magazine. His work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times and The Miami Herald.
The Puerto Rican artist has participated in numerous individual and collective shows at the galleries in the United States and his native country, including Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Magnan Metz Gallery, NYC, NY; Moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago, IL; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico and Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico, among others. In 2014, Vélez has been selected as a participating artist in the Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Portrait photo by Rodney Rogers, 2014