Often referencing the urban environment, my work intersects the varying relationships between identity, history, and its subsequent erasure. It is informed by mnemonic landscapes, littered with layers of symbols and imagery.

John Dominic Colón (b. 1971 Brooklyn, NY), lived in Puerto Rico as a child and was raised in Chicago, IL. Growing up between urban environments and the mountainous countryside left a profound mark on his visual vocabulary. Throughout his life, images of urban blight and renewal as well as that of tropical landscapes imprinted a colliding visual cacophony.

 

Colón began his studies in visual art at The Art Institute of Chicago, completing his BA at Columbia College Chicago with an emphasis in photography and printmaking. His work as an undergraduate student was included in Pepón Osorio's installation Salon de la fama during the artist's visit to Chicago's Puerto Rican community. 

 

Colón's work since has been exhibited at Laundromat Art Space (Miami, FL), The Great Project Gallery (Fort Laudredale, FL), Glass Curtain Gallery (Chicago, IL), and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago.  He was also an early member of the Board of Directors at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture in Chicago. 

 

Colón is currently pursuing an MFA in Mixed Media from Florida International University.