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 as visual references. The subject matter of 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. For inquiries, send an email to pablo4medina [at] gmail [dot] com.


Planthouse Gallery, New York, 2019. Building Power, A benefit for VOCAL-NY and the Young Center for Immigrant Children Rights.

Spectrum Miami at Art Basel, Miami, 2018. Awarded exhibition booth during Miami Art Week by a jury from Agora Gallery, NY.

East Village Social, New York, 2018. Benefit Exhibition for City Harvest and Vocal-NY.

Blackburn 20/20 Gallery. New York, 2017. Benefit Exhibition for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council.)

Groundfloor Gallery. Brooklyn, NY, 2017. Benefit Exhibition for ACLU and IRAP (International Refugee Assistance Project)

Rogue Space Gallery. New York, 2016. Benefit Exhibition for Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council and Civil Liberties Defense Center.

DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary. Brooklyn, 2016. Arts in Bushwick, Making the Future Group Exhibition.

111 Minna Gallery. San Francisco, CA, 2012. All ten paintings exhibited were created during my one-semester artist-in-residence at California College of the Arts.

Chelsea Art Museum. New York, 2006. Exhibited a video and a photograph in the 10 Years Running exhibit, a group exhibit of faculty and alumni at Parsons School of Design.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum. New York, 1999. Five of my typeface designs were exhibited at the Design Triennial, the most prestigious design exhibition in the country.


Type Directors Club. New York, 2012. Exhibited 12 paintings that were made during my one-semester artist-in-residence at California College of the Arts.

Zakka Bookstore and Gallery. New York, 2005. A series of handmade posters installed in the well known Zakka gallery.