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 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. While studying and living in Canada, the political and
economic situations of his country have become catastrophic, inspiring many works,
but also giving him a better understanding of the world’s condition.
Even though Jose is primarily a landscape painter, some of his works are abstract
and others portraits, all in which he uses various techniques looking for the right
way to express an idea. His memories, the political situation of his native land and
other countries, alongside nature constituted the base for Jose’s artistic expression.