Derrick Velasquez is an artist and exhibition organizer who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. His artistic research for the past year has placed sculpture and installation in conversation with architecture and design. With a focus on the modern aesthetics and ornamentation of contemporary and past residential buildings created in urban developments the work aims to critique the social, political, and economic forces affecting our psychological experience within a city.
He holds a B.A. in art studio and in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. His most recent exhibitions include solo shows at The Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis; The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Robischon Gallery, Denver; Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia; and The Black Cube Nomadic Museum, also in Denver. He has had recent group exhibitions at Flowers Gallery and Transmitter, both in New York, and The Frame Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, a 2019 MacDowell Fellow and is the founder of Yes Ma'am Projects, and gallery in the basement of his Denver home.