Samuel E Vázquez is a visual artist working primarily in found materials and mixed media. His inspiration is rooted in the New York City subway style writing movement of the 1970s and 80s along with the works of Ed Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Vázquez was appointed a Scholar In Residence at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute (2017-2018) and awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis (2017-2018). His work is in private and public collections including The Joanna Nixon Collection, The Miles Family Collection, and Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).
In 2017, Vázquez was a featured artist alongside Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Chris “Daze” Ellis, Torrick "Toxic" Ablack, Zephyr, and Cey Adams among others in City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. The works in City as Canvas are from The Martin Wong Collection at the Museum of the City of New York.
My studio practice investigates human interaction and humanity’s resilience to rise above social constructs. Through the use of diverse materials these investigations reveal the inner strength, found in underserved communities, to thrive in the midst of chaos.
Through a rigorous process of applying layers of paint, markings, and ephemera ranging from discarded books, magazines, plastics, posters, and street advertising, my work evokes the effects of systematic neglect thrust upon our supposedly insignificant urban communities.
In painting, I pursue abstract methods to create emotional engagement in order to provoke socially and culturally rich dialogue.