Featured Artist Jose Cifuentes

Artist Jose Cifuentes infuses freedom of expression in both style and concept into his abstract and figurative paintings. See more by visiting his website.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“DUALITY” acrylics and markers on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

My artistic practice is rooted in my embodiment of the visual expression of freedom.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“ALEGRIA” acrylics and screen print on canvas fabric, 30″ x 26″

 

I look to my own experiences as a Colombian immigrant in North America, often marked by instability and restriction.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“TRUTH” acrylics and markers on recycled canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

In response, my work translates into breaking free from the “norm” or societal understanding of what is known, to the truth of how life is by expressing its emotional havoc.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“FADING AWAY” acrylics and spray paint on recycled canvas, 30″ x 36″

 

I started out as a street artist and the traditional use of spray paint and markers remain in my work, and I also incorporate the use of acrylic and oil paint. The resulting canvases oscillate between the abstract and the figurative, stylistically defying categorization.

 

abstract figurative painting by Bill Snider

“OH DEAR” acrylics, oils and markers on recycled canvas, 48″ x 66″

 

Freedom. Freedom of expression in both style and concept. Freedom in the thread that binds the works in my oeuvre.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“2020: THE BEGINNING” acrylics and markers on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Born in Medellin, Colombia, in 1984 I moved to the United States as a teenager. I completed a diploma from Bergen Community College in New Jersey where I studied Fine Arts. In 2009, I moved back to Medellin where I founded the award-winning clothing brand beFREE.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“IMMERSED” acrylics and screen print on canvas fabric, 28.5″ x 26″

 

In 2016, I moved to Toronto where I continue to live and work. My studio is located in the well-known 401 Richmond studios.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“P.O.W.E.R.” acrylics on recycled canvas, 11″ x 14″

 

My work has been featured in fairs and exhibitions internationally, including Red Dot Miami, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ARTA Gallery, Toronto, Distrito Creativo el Perpetuo Socorro, Medellin and Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken, New Jersey.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“TANGLES BURNT” acrylics on recycled canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

I am the recipient of the Panasonic Creative Excellence Award and a 2019 Refugee and Newcomer Mentorship Grant from Toronto Arts Council. I am also a member of CARFAC Ontario and the TMFA Community, as well as serving on the board of Gallery 1313 in Toronto.

 

abstract figurative painting by Jose Cifuentes

“YOU ARE LIGHT” acrylics and markers on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

What motivates me to paint is infusing joy and freedom to people through my artwork and personality. Of course, having financial stability is a perk as I strive to destroy the stigma of the starving artist.

 

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Comments

  1. Your faces are infused with such personality and strength, I kept studying them expecting a sound from their lips…fabulously interesting and powerful!

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