Pepón Osorio, best known for large-scale installations, was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1955. He was educated at the Universidad Inter-Americana in Puerto Rico and Herbert H. Lehman College in New York, and received an MA from Columbia University in 1985.
Osorio’s pieces are influenced by his experience as a social worker in The Bronx. They usually evolve from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among which he is working.
His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art and El Museo del Barrio in New York, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico.
Pepón Osorio lives in Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the prestigious Mac Arthur “Genius” Award.