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Pepón Osorio’s sculptures and large-scale installations are influenced by his experience as a social worker and often evolve from interactions with neighborhoods.

“My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to the community,” says Osorio, who has worked in neighborhoods from Puerto Rico to Philadelpia to the Bronx.

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Pepón Osorio

Pepón Osorio’s work is heavily influenced by his experience as a social worker in The Bronx, and his pieces usually evolve from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among which he is working. A recent example is Tina’s House, a project created in collaboration with a family recovering from a devastating fire. The house—a tabletop-size art piece—tells the story of the night of the fire and those affected. The work traveled the country in a series of “home visits,” in which a new family lived with the art work for a period of at least one week, allowing the story of Tina’s House to be told in many homes and environments.

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