Raelis Rayson Vasquez Estrella

Born: 1995 in Mao Valverde, Dominican Republic

Lives and works in Chicago, United States


2016- 2018: BFA, with emphasis in Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2017: Monte Castello Painting and Studio Practice, Umbria Italy

2013- 2015 Associates in Liberal Arts, High Honors, Studio Arts, Art History, Middlesex County College



2019- “Breaching the Margins” Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

“Both at Once” Latchkey Gallery, NY, NY



2017- "It Takes All Kind" Studio Oh! Chicago IL



2019- “Stateless” Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Remnants of Things Left Behind” Band of Vices, Los Angeles, CA

“Salon!” Rozsa Center for the Performing Art, Houghton, MI

“Don’t Be Scurred: Pathways to Liberation” Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL

“Salon!” Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton, MI

2018- “XL Catlin Art Prize,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

“XL Catlin Art Prize,” Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL

“XL Catlin Art Prize,” New York Academy of Art, NY, NY

“The Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition” Agora Gallery, NY, NY

“Interiors”, Happy Gallery, Chicago, IL

"The Art of Awareness," Fulton Street Market, Chicago, IL

 "A Remembrance of Beauty," Moody Fellowship Hall, Chicago, IL

 "SAIC BFA Show," SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

 "Journey to America," Highland Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 "Black Love Matters," William Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL

 "Buy Art Not Vices" NYCH Gallery, Chicago, IL

 "Rompiendo Barrera" Carlos and Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017- "Black Love Matters", South Side Arts Center, Chicago, IL

 "Mostradarte" The International Centre for the Arts, Monte Castello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy

  "Altering Realities" Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL

 "Taking Shape" Studio Oh! Chicago, IL

2016- "Understanding Time"  Ballroom Projects, Chicago, IL

"ArtBash" Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL

2015- The Community Open House & Expo, 50-Year Anniversary Exhibition

2014- Perth Amboy Bi-Annual Exhibition. Perth Amboy, NJ

Annual International Summer Exhibition. Highland Park, NJ

2013- ACT-SO NAACP New Jersey Painting Competition. Newark, NJ

         ACT-SO NAACP New Jersey Drawing Competition. Newark, NJ


GRANTS/AWARDS (Grants/Fellowships, Awards/Honors, Residencies, etc.)

2018- Odyssey Travel Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2017- John W. Kurtich Foundation Scholarship , School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016- SAIC Distinguished Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

       SAIC Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015- Art Department Awards for Academic Excellence, Middlesex County College

2013- ACT-SO NAACP New Jersey Silver Medal in Painting

  ACT-SO NAACP New Jersey Silver Medal in Drawing

 Art Student of the Year, School of North Brunswick



2018- Today at Apple, "Modern Meets Classic" Key Note/ Live Art, Chicago, IL

2012- Illustration of the book "The Summer Aurora Part 1 (The Summer Aurora Chronicles)" by Marcus Carter