Jonathan Velazquez

Jónathan Velázquez – a través de performance, escultura y en papel, su trabajo explora las posibilidades de celebridad y el poder de la performance. Cuando Jónathan canta y actúa, se siente seguro y vive el momento. Jonathan crea sus numerosos personajes artísticos basado en músicos y grupos con los que se identifica: su repertorio de artistas incluye a Michael Jackson, así como a Espinosa Paz, Los Tigres Del Norte y Daddy Yankee. El lanzamiento de su EP con baladas en español se encuentra en NIAD Sounds Recordings. 
 
En su práctica de dibujo, a Jónathan le gusta dibujar retratos de personas que son importantes para él, frecuentemente, incluye al personal de NIAD. El uso repetitivo de corazones en el pecho, refleja cuán especial es la persona representada para Jónathan. Jónathan prefiere dibujar con marcadores ya que le gustan los colores vivos. A travez de las películas, Jónathan explora y captura símbolos de su interés, tales como zombies, fantasmas y guantes. 
 
En su practica multidisciplinaria, ni la técnica ni el material artístico a utilizar son más importantes para Jónathan que los facilitadores con los que trabaja y su conexión con ellos. Cuando se le pregunta por qué le gusta trabajar con barro, menciona su agrado de trabajar en NIAD con ciertos facilitadores de cerámica y expresa “Me gusta estar cercano a otros artistas de NIAD.”
 
Jonathan Velazquez’s work – in performance, sculpture and on paper – explores the possibilities of celebrity and the power of performance. When Jonathan sings and performs he feels confident and in the moment. Jonathan crafts his numerous artistic personas from musicians and bands that he connects with – his slate of performers include Michael Jackson as well as Espinosa Paz, Los Tigres del Norte, and Daddy Yankee. He has released an EP of his Spanish-language ballads on NIAD Sounds Recordings. 
 
In his drawing practice Jonathan likes to draw portraits of people that are important to him, frequently including NIAD staff. The recurring motif of hearts on his subjects’ chests reflects how special the person depicted is to Jonathan. Jonathan prefers drawing with markers, sharing that he likes bright colors. Often Jonathan likes to explore symbols he finds interesting from movies, such as zombies, ghosts and gloves. 
 
A multidisciplinary artist, the material he works with isn’t as important to Jonathan as the NIAD facilitator he’s working with and his connection to them. When asked why he likes working with clay, he references the NIAD ceramics facilitators he has enjoyed working with, saying simply “I like to be around other artists at NIAD.”

// Jonathan’s available work //


recent exhibition history

A Kind of Movement // organized by Jay Wehnert Portland Art And Learning Studios 2019 

L’Amérique N’Existe Pas // organized by Matthieu Morin Art Et Marges Museum Brussels 2019

Forests And Clearings // organized By Wayne Smith NIAD Art Center April 2019

Books, Man // organized by Mike Monteiro NIAD Art Center 2019

Redefining Contemporary Art // organized by Courtney Eldridge Depot Steamboat Springs 2019

Exquisite Corpse: CG x CE x NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2018

It’s Complicated // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2018

Prints: An Overview NIAD Art Center 2018

Talking Heads // organized by Susan Alexander NIAD Art Center 2018

The Handmade // Rock Paper Scissors Collective Oakland 2018

The Genre Leaps // organized by Margaret Tedesco NIAD Art Center 2018

Reinventing History // NIAD Art Center 2018

Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018

Can Did // organized By Julio Rodriguez NIAD Art Center 2018

All Of The Light // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2017

The Witnesses // organized by Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker NIAD Art Center 2017

Virgins Vigining // organized by Micah Wood NIAD Art Center 2017

The Fourth Dimension // organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo NIAD Art Center 2017

Digital Art: The Power of the Pixel // Berkeley Central Arts Passage 2017

Handbills // NIAD Art Center 2017

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

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

special projects

Hands & Pants, collaboration with neurotypical artist John Casey 2015