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Jose Cifuentes

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Abstract artist from Medellin, Colombia based in Toronto, Canada. Art consisting of a mixture of thick knife strokes combined with free-hand illustrations, on canvas and recycled surfaces. Collector of moods that are vividly represented in paint strokes, loose lines, drips and passionate splatters. Jose depicts views of what freedom should be and should feel like, amidst the ideal marriage of fine and urban art. Drawing from his experiences as an immigrant in the U.S.A, and now in Canada, he express the authenticity of artistic freedom and emotional havoc that comes with it. Being an immigrant is a constant struggle with instability. The power in this struggle is that, by facing reality on a daily basis, it allows you to become bold, fearless and free. Jose's loose lines reflect the desire to act freely, with intuition.


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Q+A

Favourite book

Mind is a Myth by U.G Krishnamurti

Describe your home in 3 words

Cozy, Artsy, Green

What do you listen to when you work?

Cannonball Adderley, Wu-Tang Clan, Radiohead

Who do you consider a genius?

Anyone who makes a good living doing what they love

Why is art important to you?

Art is the voice in my head that tells me to paint, to express, to create and share with the world.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

Curious, brave, deep

Select Past Exhibitions
2009

Secret Location, Hoboken NJ, USA
Eureka

2009

NYU New York University, New York City NY, USA
UBUNTU - Auction and Fundraiser to bring medical aid to Africa

2008

Full House Printing, Hoboken NJ, USA
Solo Show: Searchless

2008

Maxwell's Bar, Hoboken NJ, USA
Neumann at Maxwell's Fundraiser Group Show

2008

Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken NJ, USA
Politrix

2008

Park Avenue Gallery Bar, Union City NJ, USA
The Artist's Mythology

2008

O'Connells Gallery Bar, Jersey City NJ, USA
Solo Show: The Reality of John Doe

2008

Paul Vincent Studios, Hoboken NJ, USA
RED (Disambiguation)

2007

Cultural Arts Center of Hackensack, Hackensack NJ, USA
Latin American Art Exhibit

2019

Arta Gallery, Toronto
New Moon

2019

Arta Gallery, Toronto
Holiday Show

Accolades
2019

Jose Cifuentes
Toronto Arts Council Newcomer & Refugee Grant

Press
2019

Glossi Mag
The Frenetic Abstraction of Jose Cifuentes

2018

Two Wavy Magazine
The Work of Jose Cifuentes

Education
2018

Humber College
Fashion Arts & Business

2007

Bergen Community College
Associates Degree in Fine Arts

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