Jose Cifuentes

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Jose Cifuentes is a thirty-five-year-old abstract artist from Medellin, Colombia based in Toronto, Canada, in the cool Junction Triangle neighborhood. His art is a mixture of thick knife strokes with free-hand illustrations on canvas and recycled surfaces. Visual representations of freedom and deep emotions via close-ups and micro expressions.

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. "I paint to show you that freedom exists, it's in your nature."


Inside the Studio


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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Distrito Creativo el Perpetuo Socorro, Medellin, Colombia
Solo Show: VOLVER


The Burroughes Building, Toronto
The VAM Exhibition

Select Past Exhibitions

Arta Gallery, Toronto
Holiday Show


Arta Gallery, Toronto
New Moon


Secret Location, Hoboken NJ, USA


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


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


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


Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken NJ, USA


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


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


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


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


Jose Cifuentes
Toronto Arts Council COVID-19 Relief Fund


Jose Cifuentes
Toronto Arts Council Newcomer & Refugee Grant


Glossi Mag
The Frenetic Abstraction of Jose Cifuentes


Two Wavy Magazine
The Work of Jose Cifuentes


Humber College
Fashion Arts & Business


Bergen Community College
Associates Degree in Fine Arts

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