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Gerard Ellis | Dominican Republic

Born in 1976, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Painting, illustration

“I have dived into a process of constant self-evaluation where what comes first is the communication and interaction with the audience.

I like my work serving as social denunciation, like an echo of an era characterized by an excess of information and rapidity in the communications which entails that everything is defined by immediacy or ephemerality, erasing the borders existing between what is really necessary and the superficial, causing simultaneously an anaesthetization growing day after day.

I saw and I am understanding how the artwork must be used sometimes to ask questions, to prompt the viewer to raise questions. To do so, I use personal memories, which occur sometimes in absurd situations but which express at times the true essence of man. My fears, my complexes are as many obstacles that I put before me to face them and to learn from them.”

Graduated in fine arts from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1995) and in illustration (with honors) from the same school (1997).

He completes his training with a diploma in Advertising and Communication, with honors, from the Universidad Autonoma of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2001).

Individual exhibitions by Gerard Ellis

Backyard à la Galería Christopher Paschall de Bogotá, Colombie (2012) ; Recent Works 2006-2011 at the Mateo Sariel Gallery in Panama city, Panama (2011) ; Sleepwalking at the Centro Cultural Espanol in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2009) ; Crossroads at the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery in Miami, USA (2008) and In the Dark Side of the Room at the Centro Cultural Espanol in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2002).

Collective exhibitions

The 6th edition of the biennial The S-Files at the Museo del Barrio in New York and Superheroes at the Casita Maria for the Arts and Education Center in the Bronx, New York, USA (2011) ; Group Show, Dominican & Uruguayan Artists at the Uruguayan Embassy in Washington DC, USA (2010), Latinas at the Nassau Museum of Art in Long Island, New York, USA (2010) ; Contemporary Dominican Art at the Cultural Center of the Interamerican Development Bank in Washington DC, USA (2008) ; Sarmiento Proyect, Urban and Public Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2007) ; ACP Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2006) and 5 en la Sexta, Against Corruption at the 7 + 1 Art Studio in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2003).

Biennials, fairs

Gerard Ellis also participated in the art fairs : VOLTA (2013) – with the show The Land They Transformed – or Scope in New York (2011, 2010) and in Miami (2010) ; KIAF Seoul en Corée du Sud (2012) ; Pinta in New York (2012, 2010, 2009, 2007) ; Arteaméricas (2009, 2008, 2005) ; Arte BA in Buenos Aires (2008) ; ArtMiami (2012, 2007, 2006)…

He exhibited several times in the Biennials Eduardo León Jiménez in Santiago de los Caballeros and in the drawing contests of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2007, he is invited at the IX Bienal Internacional de Cuenca, Ecuador.


Gerard Ellis’ works are included in the following collections : Museum of Latin American Art, USA ; Museo del Dibujo Contemporáneo, Centro Leon Jimenes, Congreso Nacional, Dominican Republic or Fundación Canaria para el desarrollo de la pintura, Spain.


Gerard Ellis received two prizes of Excellency in illustration during the 30th edition of the Society for News Design Prizes (2008) just after having already received a prize of excellency in 2007 during its 29th edition. In 2004, he won the prize of the 20th edition of the dominican Biennial Eduardo León Jiménez.

Artworks by the artist

Gerard Ellis | Untitled (David)

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Gerard Ellis | Villa Medieval

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Gerard Ellis | Untitled (Disillussionment)

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