Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 1984
Sarabel Santos Negrón is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and museum professional. Her work is informed by the experience and memory of the social-environmental and political-economic aspects reflected in the landscape of the Island of Puerto Rico. Using drawing and its expanded field as a starting point, she explores ways of referring to social values, natural resources, organic forms and atmospheric phenomena pertinent to the Caribbean. The work is created with found materials such as high-consumption industrial supplies, paper, wood, and sound, among others.
Santos Negrón earned an MA in Museum Studies from Caribbean University, Puerto Rico (2012); a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Puerto Rico (2007); Art History certification from Instituto Ortega y Gasset, Toledo, Spain (2006); and she is currently attending an MFA at Maryland Institute College or Art, Baltimore, United States (2019). She is also director of the Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB) in Puerto Rico.
Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, New Jersey, New York, London, México, and Puerto Rico. She has participated in residency and research programs such as St. Mary’s Artist House Residency in Maryland (2018) and the Herbarium of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan (2013 & 2014). She had received art awards from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Office of Youth Affairs, Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Companies. In 2016, Maryland Institute College of Art awarded her a merit scholarship for graduate studies.