Pablo’s work investigates the vernacular of found letterforms and sign painting from Latin American neighborhoods in New York City and around the world. Re-contextualizing this visual language from urban landscapes into a personal one serves as a way of reclaiming his own eclectic Latinx identity and becomes a departure point for research on cultural and religious themes, specifically, Yoruban, Indigenous, and Buddhist forms of devotion. The subject matter of his paintings reveals personal narratives pulled from stream-of-consciousness journal writing. Most of his work is painted on either wood, canvas or paper although a recent fabric flag made for the October 3rd, Wide Awakes procession, is a new area of exploration which has led to his most recent series of fabric banners, each celebrating a different Yoruban Orisha.
Pablo A. Medina is a Cuban-Colombian artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, the Latin America Contemporary Fine Art Competition (Chelsea, NY) awarded him an exhibition space in Miami’s Spectrum Art Fair during Art Basel. In 1999, He was the youngest exhibitor in the Design Triennial exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum. He has been a contributing artist for a series of fundraising exhibitions that have collectively raised over $13,000 for non-profit organizations including ACLU, The Standing Rock Council, Make the Road NY and City Harvest. On October 3, 2020, he marched along with hundreds of other artist activists in the historic Wide Awakes procession, protesting police violence, encouraging voting and manifesting Black joy. He has taught art and design at Parsons School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and at California College of the Arts (CCA). He paints in his studio at the Trestle Art Space in Sunset Park.