Raelis Vasquez makes paintings that are inextricably tied to the cultural tapestry of the Dominican Republic. Working from photographs, the artist reveals an intimacy in his subjects that warmly draws viewers into his figurative narratives. Vasquez primarily paints quieter moments, which he brings to life through vibrant colors and energetic brush marks. He often depicts his immediate family as well as his various communities, creating a self-reflective and explorative practice of his identity as an immigrant artist from the Caribbean. Vasquez’s emotional investment in these subjects drives his work as he explores the layered and complex experience of immigration through family and societal life.