It was a four-month artist-in-residence visit to San Francisco in 2011 that laid the foundation for Pablo’s entire current body of work. From Florida Street to Dolores Park, Pablo spent time exploring the Mission District neighborhood, photographing signage of the many family owned businesses that would inform his painting series. Today in New York, his paintings continue to use found lettering from other cities like Buenos Aires, Dakar and Mexico City as visual references. Each one of his works reveals a personal narrative pulled from stream-of-consciousness journal writing and often filtered through Buddhist, Shamanist and Yoruban traditions.
Pablo Medina has a BFA in drawing and a MS in communication design from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. Fresh out of grad school he set out to infuse the design world with his flair of post-modernist typeface designs that drew from his love of Latin-American popular culture. He has taught at Parsons School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and at California College of the Arts (CCA). In 1999, his typeface designs were exhibited in the Design Triennial exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum.