Vega Alta, Puerto Rico



BA Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico



2002 - 2004

Residency, Fortaleza 302, San Juan, PR


Residency, Art in General, New York, New York, USA


Residency, CAC7, PS, Trinidad


Residency Wising Art Centre, Bourn, Cambridge, UK


Residency, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA

Exhibitions (Selection)


XIX Bienal de Arte Paíz, Guatemala City, Guatemala

La Perla Portrait Kite Festival, La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Beyond the Supersquare, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, New York, USA 


Panamañana (La piscina/skate/plaza del Figali). Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá

173 Days in the Tropical Forest Latitude 18º 23’ 26, 88” N. Longitude 66º 22.93” W. BO. Maricao, Vega Alta P.R., Annet Gelink Gallery’s Bakery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Chemi Rosado-Seijo en colaboración con... , Sanatorio El Pilar Habitación 203, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad Capital, Guatemala

Puerto Rico: Puerta al Paisaje, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

My Brain is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking Process, Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), The 4th Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang, South Korea  

On the Media, El Cerro Leftovers & 365 Days in the Tropical Rain Forest: Studio Work From the Past 3 Years, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Art/Community/Life, Petrach Tikva Museum, Israel

The Hive (3ra Trienal Poligráfica de Puerto Rico), San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Way In, Popular Center, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico


Living as a Form (Social Engage Art), Creative Time, New York City, New York, USA

El Cerro en El Cerro, Naranjito, Puerto Rico

Monopatín, 787 Studios, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Muestra de (S) Obras, Chemi Room, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Ultra Punyeta, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad Capital, Guatemala

Bienal de Pontevedra, Villagarcia, Spain


2da Trienal Poligráfica de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Endless Renaissance, Bass Museum, Miami, Florida, USA

Tropical Trailers, Circa Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Bibliote-Kart, Cataño Bay Area, Puerto Rico

From Maricao to NYC, Magnam Projects, New York City, New York, USA

En sus Marcas…, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño, Sala de las Artes de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, Puerto Rico


Bourn To Be Wild (Fanzine), Bourn, England, United Kingdom

Habitación Hotel, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

FACE to FACE, Daros Space, Zurich, Switzerland


Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba

ev+a 2006 – give (a)way, Limerick, Ireland

Liming Still Pan Set, CAC7, PS, Trinidad & Tobago


Manhattan Skateboartists Map Project, Art in General, New York City, New York, USA

Sin título, colectiva, Canada Gallery, New York City, New York, USA

Prague Biennale 2 (expanded painting / acción directa), Prague, Czech Republic


Plain Sight, Bloomberg Space, London, United Kingdom

Island Nations: New Art from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico & the Diaspora, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Produciendo realidad, Prometeo Association of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy

Files, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain

None of the above, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, USA


24/7, New York / Vilnius, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

No pasa un día...  Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Ciudad de México, México

A Given Circumstance (gestures in situ), Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA


La historia sobre ruedas (studio version), Puerto Rico ‘02 [en ruta], Fortaleza 302, San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Cerro, Puerto Rico ‘02 [en ruta], Comunidad El Cerro, Naranjito, Puerto Rico

2002 Whitney Biennial, Whitey Museum of American Art, New York City, New York, USA


El diario / Contra bombardeos de información, ARCO 01, Madrid, Spain


Tapando para ver, Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

Bibliography (Selection):

En sus marcas… The Fine Arts Program of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.  (San Juan, PR. 2008)

ev+a 2006 – give (a)way.  Gandon Editions.  (Ireland.  2006)

Prague Biennale 2.  Giancarlo Politi Editore.  (Prague, Czech Republic.  2005)

Files.  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León.  (Spain.  2004)

None of the Above. Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists.  Real Art Ways.  (Hartford, Connecticut.  2004)

Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas.  The Americas Society, Inc.  Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.  (Issue 68, Vol. 37, No. 1, May 2004)

Whitney Bienal 2002.  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York.  (New York.  2002)

Collections (Selection):

RISD Museum, Rhode Island, USA

Museo Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Bererdivin Collection, Santurce, Puerto Rico

Artists Pension Trust Collection, New York City, New York, USA


Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 1998, he worked with Michy Marxuach to open a gallery that transformed into a not-for-profit organization presenting resources and exhibitions for contemporary artists in Puerto Rico. In 2000, Rosado had his first solo show at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, including interventions on billboards around the city. Since 2002, he has worked with residents of the El Cerro community, a poor neighborhood south of San Juan, to present public art projects, workshops and other community initiatives. In 2006, he inaugurated La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture built with residents of San Juan’s La Perla community that functions as both a skateboarding ramp and an actual pool. Since 2009, Rosado-Seijo has been organizing exhibitions in his apartment in Santurce, creating a center for meeting and exchange in the Puerto Rican contemporary art scene.


My work consists of community-based interventions linked to and suggestive of the site where they have been developed.   Mostly, it reflects my interest in socially engaged art and collaborations by juxtaposing architecture with the urban landscape, art with social action, and art with its history.

Often my art works, projects or interventions are set and/or developed on the communities that have inspired said works, projects or interventions. This, in turn, aims to involve the people living in the communities with the actual (art)project.  This “interweaving” of the communities that have inspired my work intends to pay homage to the people and the site where they have formed their communities.  Likewise, my work aspires to exalt and/or draw attention to the already existing beauty of the site through the creation and depiction of a hyperreality that would bring together people from different social classes with one another, bureaucratic institutions and cultural agencies with those whom they are supposed to serve and/or affect, and those who otherwise wouldn’t come together.