Rogelio Báez Vega

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Rogelio Báez Vega

A selfie of Rogelio Báez Vega on a beach at dusk. He is a Puerto Rican man with medium skin tone, curly black hair and a short beard, wearing a tropical shirt.

Rogelio Báez Vega is a visual artist based in Santurce, Puerto Rico. In his work, he uses the rhetoric of Caribbean architecture and current landscape contradictions to problematize the political environment within the colonial context of his native island. He has studied drawing, photography, and painting. His artistic residencies include MASS MoCA (2018), Art Omi (2019), and Vermont Studio Center (2019); and has been a grantee of the Joan Mitchell (2019), Pollock-Krasner (2019, 2023), and Gottlieb (2019) foundations. His work was exhibited in no hay un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His project Estudio Experimental de Grabado, Villa Palmera, was a recipient of the NALAC Fund for the Arts (2023). In 2024, he will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Museo de Arte y Diseño de Miramar (MAMDMi) and his first exhibition in London.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2024

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A primary focus in my practice is the physical exploration of the constructed environment surrounding me in Puerto Rico, centering on the intersectionality between spatial habitats and architecture. My paintings are constructed with dense layers of paint and beeswax that alter the structures’ original appearance, creating a new architectural space overtaken by ecological processes of succession and change.”