Javier Orfon

San Lorenzo, 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 Javier Orfon

A close headshot of Javier Orfon on a sunny day with trees and blue skies visible in the background. A Puerto Rican person with medium skin tone, they have dark short hair and face stubble and wear a leopard print shirt.

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). His work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2023). The artist lives and works between San Lorenzo and Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023

Website / Social Links

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.”