The artist is being honoured during Storefront for Art and Architecture's spring benefit on 29 May 2019.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1963, Jorge Pardo studied at the University of Illinois, Chicago and received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Pardo’s artwork explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. Employing a broad palette of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, and natural and industrial materials, Pardo’s works range from murals and home furnishings to collages and large-scale fabrications. He often transforms familiar objects into artworks with multiple meanings and purposes, such as a set of lamps displayed as both sources of illumination and as freestanding sculptures, or a sailboat exhibited as both a utilitarian, seaworthy vessel and as a striking obelisk. Working on both small and monumental scales, Pardo also treats entire public spaces as vast canvases. Pardo engages viewers with works that produce great visual delight while questioning distinctions between fine art and design.