San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
Javier Orfon was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in 1989. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from the Fine Arts Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, in 2013. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2022. Ofron’s solo exhibitions include El Ojo de Arcilla at Hidrante Art Space, Santurce, Puerto Rico, and La Casa de Las Almas at Espacio Cómplices, Madrid, Spain. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including El Momento del Yagrumo, curated by Marina Reyes Franco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan (2021); No existe un Mundo Poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in The Wake of Hurricane Maria, curated by Marcela Guerrero, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2022-2023); and Unspoken Identities, curated by Abdiel Segarra, Anamas Projects, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain (2023). The artist lives and works between San Lorenzo and Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023
Traveling artists of the 19th century scoured the American continent, naming and documenting what was unknown to them. My practice intends to reverse that past through lyrical, poetic acts that decolonize the study of nature and my homeland, drawing upon ancestral knowledge to change the occidental vision of the Caribbean landscape.”