They say I was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1973; from a very young age I was taken to Venezuela where I showed passion and interest for illustration and drawing (…this I know for sure), taking superior studies of Communication; in an act of rebellion and based on my creativity skills, I decided to move on to the advertising path, as the fastest way to transmit my way to see the world beyond words, leading me to the graphic arts and creativity.
After completing higher education I created my own design studio, focusing on communication projects, graphic production, creativity and design for major brands and agencies, first in Venezuela and then in Spain, where I have lived since 2008 in cities such as Barcelona and Madrid.
While working on a communication project for a Pop Art gallery in Madrid during 2014, I reconnected with my previous sources of inspiration by interacting directly with the works of renowned icons of this movement such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring among others, beginning a period of experimentation, which led me to take up the paintbrush again (or any element that was within my reach).
Is from that moment on, influenced by great classical masters such as Caravaggio or Francisco Goya and by some more contemporary artists such as Franz Kline, Richard Hambleton or Pierre Soulages, that I dedicate my artistic work to the treatment of light with a mostly monochromatic approach, translating color into light, shadow and intense contrasts; showing “the unseen”, where darkness becomes part of the image and what it hides, using chiaroscuro as a resource, beyond aesthetics and technique.
IntroductionJorge dedicates his artistic work to the treatment of light with a mostly monochromatic approach, translating color into light, shadow and intense contrasts; showing “the unseen”, where darkness becomes part of the image and what it hides, using chiaroscuro as a resource, beyond aesthetics and technique.
How and why did you start with the art you do?
working directly with the work of various popart artists during a communication project related to an art gallery in 2012 and meeting almost by chance the work of one of the main precursors of street art in new york in the 70's, Richard hambleton together with my love for the chiaroscuroi of caravaggio led me to shape my own concept of black and white.
How do you get inspired? How do you decide on a certain motive?
I am inspired by everyday life and human emotions, I am passionate about how emotions condition our attitude. The decision process is undoubtedly, in my experience, the most complicated, in any case, it is the anxiety produced by an inexhaustible source of emotions that leads me to start a new work; once the process begins, everything flows naturally.
From the idea to the realization, how do you approach your work?
Once the decision stage is over (which does not always end up being the final result), whether it is a painting or drawing I always start with live base sketches that I modify layer by layer during the development of the work, process may take more or less time time depending on the applied technique but I always retouch and change although. I could say that my works are never finished, they could be an endless reel rather than a final image.
OthersWhich artist had the most influence on your style?
As I had mentioned, although chloroscuro is my passion thanks to the master Caravaggio, I would not hesitate to say that my main influence has been the work of Richard Hambleton.
Is there any artist you would like to work with one time?
If we are talking about real possibilities, I would love to work with José Royo or Lidia Masllorens, both great Spanish artists.
What are your interests apart from art?
I am a communication and design freak, a music fan, especially of the grunge generation.
What's your favorite song?
tough question, there are many, but I could say that Burden in my hand from sound graden is one of my favorites