As a painter, Raelis Vasquez draws on historical, political and personal narratives, to create figurative compositions that conjure the complexity of the Afro-Latinx experience. The figures in his work inhabit a state of vulnerability that encourages the viewer to question their positions on class, race, and geography. Vasquez immigrated to the United States in 2002 from the Dominican Republic. Today, he feels an overpowering responsibility to the arts and towards Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities. Vasquez paints in oil in a naturalistic manner as a means to give clarity to the subjects he presents. His devotion is to the accurate representation of the convoluted histories of the Dominican Republic. He aims to highlight an allegorical narrative that presents the psychological states of the figures in his works while presenting a window to the viewer of their daily lives.
Vasquez has studied around the world, but is currently undertaking an MFA with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing at Columbia University. He completed his BFA with the same focus at The School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has participated in group exhibitions across the USA.