Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1970, Samuel E Vázquez is a visual artist working primarily in mixed media. His inspiration is rooted in the New York City subway style writings of the 1970s and 80s, along with the works of Ed Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Vázquez’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. He has lectured on the history of style writing in venues such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis, New York City College of Technology-CUNY, Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch, Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. His work is in private and public collections including The Joanna Nixon Collection, Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and The Miles Family Collection.

Vázquez is a 2017 Scholar In Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and a 2017-18 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis.


Artist Statement

My personal mission is to share the inner strength found in our largely neglected and underserved communities. My studio practice investigates human interaction and humanity’s resilience to rise above social constructs. Through the use of diverse materials these investigations are manifested via an uncommon, impulsive, and organic voice—full of vibrant colors, uninhibited gestures, and relentless energy. By utilizing once discarded materials, I am not only prolonging the life of the material but sharing its history, physicality, and significance—be it culturally, socially, and/or economically. By reassigning the materials' meaning, my work speaks of our own existence and contributions to humanity.


Read Latest Press:

Keeping Focus with Restless Energy: A Q&A with Samuel E Vázquez

Graffiti on the Walls of the IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

IMA's New Graffiti Exhibit Includes Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones… Samuel E Vázquez, and Malcolm Mobutu Smith, among others


Selected Press (PDF)

Speaker Information (PDF)

Vázquez's Press Portraits