Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 1984
Sarabel Santos Negrón is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and museum professional. Her work focuses on the experience and memory of the nature and landscape of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean with a special interest in its expansive organic form and structure. She uses drawing, painting and mixed media together with industrially produced and everyday materials such as paper, plastic, wire, and wood, among others. She is also director of the Museo de Arte de Bayamón (MAB) in Puerto Rico.
Santos earned an MA in Museum Studies from Caribbean University, Puerto Rico (2012); a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Puerto Rico (2007); Art History certification from Instituto Ortega y Gasset, Toledo, Spain (2006); and she is currently attending an MFA at Maryland Institute College or Art, Baltimore, United States (2019).
Her solo exhibitions or special projects include Entre Reinos (2016), Casa Roig Museum, Humacao, Puerto Rico; Portraits of Nature (2013), Pierced Gallery, New Jersey, United States; and Encuentro (2012), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her work had been exhibited at the Gallery at the Center, Columbia University of New York, United States; Espacio Tres50, Chiapas, México; Rigss & Leidy Gallery, Maryland, United States; Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Museo Arsenal de la Marina Española, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Walter Otero Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Área Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, Puerto Rico; Dr. Pío López Museum, Cayey, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte Francisco Oller, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, among others.
Santos received art awards from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Office of Youth Affairs, Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Companies. In 2016, the Maryland Institute College of Art awarded her a merit scholarship for graduate studies.