Borinquen Gallo is an Italian-Puerto Rican Bronx-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work delves into themes of of transformation, community development, socio-cultural systems and structures through sculpture and installations made using a range of repurposed materials. Her work is developed both individually and collaboratively, through participatory initiatives often involving schools, museums, and community and cultural organizations.Everyday detritus, construction, and packaging materials including trash bags, debris netting, and caution tape, are painstakingly manually knitted, threaded and reconfigured into lush textural weavings. Across a broad range of considerations — material, formal, psychologically intimate and social — the work aims to modulate between the familiar and the surprising so as to fundamentally disrupt viewers’ assumptions regarding what is valuable and discardable.
Gallo received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art, her MFA in Painting from Hunter College. She has received numerous awards including the Sol Shaviro Award (2015), The Marion Netter Fellowship (2010), the Doris Liebowitz Art Educator Award (2009). Residencies include The Children Museum of Manhattan (2019), The Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Program (2015), the Vermont Studio Center (2013) and The Cooper Union Artist Residency (2011). She has exhibited at Burning in Water Gallery, BRIC Arts Media, Smack Mellon, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wave Hill Sunroom Project Space, the Queens Museum, Clio Art Fair, Scope, Volta NY, The Children Museum of Manhattan, the Hudson River Museum and the The National Academy Museum and School where she also served as Studio Practice Program Head. In addition, she has worked on curatorial projects with BAM Fischer, and Pratt Institute. Gallo is currently represented by Malin Gallery and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute in New York.