Jean-Pierre Villafañe’s work derives from a direct engagement with the urban environment to physicalize its events as a form of representation. Jean-Pierre deploys recollected gestures, colors and motion related to the urban space and layers textural narratives to map the emotional territory and reveal fragments of memory. Deftly, he marks the surface freely with rhythmic linearity as a form of curtailed automatism and in larger part realistically adapted to describe euphoria. Using his vision as inspiration, he emphasizes painting as an experience of impulses to materialize sensations of liberation. His work is a manifestation of innate freedom as a celebration of the act of creation.
His painting incorporates various mediums into the work- graphite, spray paint, screen-print, oil pastels, acrylic, and oil- in a tenacious commitment to make art that transcends reality and communicates a sense of spiritual awe and grandeur. Jean-Pierre’s inventive approach encompasses murals, paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, as well as collaborative projects and videos. Composed with a loose attitude to the physical qualities of his chosen medium, charged, interacting arrangements of form and color are at once subtractive and additive. Sailing arm and body fluidly across the surface, he records a desire to be taken by surprise and arrive at a kind of image that would not be predictable.
Jean-Pierre Villafañe (b. 1992, Puerto Rico) is a recent graduate from the Master of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City. His interest in architecture encompasses design as resilient infrastructure through international studies in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, the Republic of Maldives and UAE. Formerly, he received his BFA with summa cum laude at SCAD and completed his last year abroad in Hong Kong, focusing on the implications of urban conditions for social mobilization. In 2017, he collaborated with Tatiana Bilbao’s office on the architectural installation (Not) Another Tower; for the Chicago Biennial in the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2016, he volunteered as an artist to help define a visual identity for a Syrian Refugee Camp in Ritsona, Greece. Every year, he contributes work designated to collect funds for the education of youth in Kasai, Congo, in Africa.
He currently lives and works in New York City as an artist and architect.