Jonathan Velazquez (b. 1985)

 Jonathan Velazquez’s work – both on paper, canvas and in performance – explores the possibilities of celebrity, with the razor like observations of a chameleon.

He creates work focusing and transmuting the obsessive qualities of pop music fandom into art objects and performances. Velasquez crafts his numerous artistic personas from musicians and bands that he connects with on various levels – his slate of performers include Michael Jackson as well as on Espinosa Paz, Los Tigres and Daddy Yankee.

His drawings, painting and sculptures are built from private code, a densely layered text often in Spanish and English, that soon engulfs and blends information about the performers. 

recent exhibition history

Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017

Manila Institure Presents Video Screening At Rachel Uffner Gallery // organized by Rafael Delacruz Rachel Uffner Gallery New York 2017

Overloaded: Contemporary Art, Folk Art And Unique Objects // organized By Phil Linhares NIAD Art Center 2016

Immediate Family // NIAD Art Center 2016

Cities In Mind // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2016

Snap! Photographs From NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2016

Hands and Pants 6 // Faultline Artspace Oakland 2016

We’re Here // organized by Peter Cavagnaro Yali’s Café Oxford Street Berkeley 2016

New Photographs From Jonathan Velazquez // Yali’s Cafe Stanley Hall Berkeley 2016

Joyful Tidings Of The Golden Future Time // organized by Jon Shibata Yali’s Café Berkeley 2016

We Can Do It! // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2015

Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015

Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015

Assemble: A NIAD Art Center Project With Nina Zurier // organized by Nina Zurier NIAD Art Center 2015

Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015

Musiquarium // NIAD Art Center 2015

Ebony + Ivory // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2014

Avatar // organized by Justine Frischmann NIAD Art Center 2014

Serenade: Lists, Poems And Missives // NIAD Art Center 2013

Championship Vinyl // NIAD Art Center 2013

A Light That Never Goes Out: Continuing Traditions In Abstraction // NIAD Art Center 2013

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

Superduperultracool Shoppe // organized by Lisa Solomon NIAD ART Center 2013

Color and Form  // Jack Fischer Gallery San Francisco 2013

You Are Here //  organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

The Variety Show  // Factory Outlet Gallery Mokulumne Hill 2012

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