Raelis Vasquez is a Dominican Republic born artist whose vision is expressed through figurative painting, drawing and sculpture. Vasquez currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was raised in New Jersey, where he was exposed to a variety of cultural influences and experiences that formed his identity. He explores the convoluted histories of the Dominican Republic in relation to the United States that make people like him possible. His works function as platforms for engaging in conversations about political themes regarding his experience as an Afro-Latino Artist in the United States.