Artist member since 2019
Jose F Jimenez was born in Venezuela in 1986. Having grown up close to the sea and surrounded by mountains, his love for nature grew tremendously. Jose was raised within a society that has a small approval for the arts. In his very home, his mom was completely against him pursuing any sort of artistic career. However, at the age of twenty, he began to learn the basics of working with metals, making jewelry. This opened the doors for his artistic journey.
After five years working with jewelry, he decided to leave Venezuela to pursue a university degree as a jewelry maker. Once in Toronto, Canada, Jose had a major encounter, which would change his life. Working as a volunteer in an art studio, he tried painting for the very first time and fell in love with it. At that very moment, Jose decided to change from the Jewelry Program to Drawing and Painting.
In 2018, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University in Toronto. Far from home, he began to explore his own life and memories. All his encounters with nature and his childhood memories began to take form as landscape paintings. Also, a great part of his inspiration comes from travelling to other countries, exploring new landscapes.
Jose is presently exploring new techniques and new forms of representing nature, rediscovering the beauty of simple forms alongside expressive brushstrokes. All of this reconnects with his inner child and in this sense finds a way of conveying the innocence of a child with the beauty of nature.
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