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 Jonatas Chimen

April 27 - June 1, 2012

Artist Reception Thursday, May 3, 5-9 p.m.


The artist Jônatas D. DaSilva  adopted the nom d'artiste, Jônatas Chimen, early on in his career. He did so in dedication to his Andalusian great-grandfather Luis Chimenes, whom he appreciated for his art, political activism, intellectuality, and joie de vivre.


When it comes to his artistic style, Jônatas draws his influences mainly from the artists with whom he has worked or closely observed. As a child, still in Brazil, at the local museum's art school Jônatas learned to work with dry and mixed media, and there he first experimented with the figurative style. As a teenager, he was highly influenced by the Sequential Art of artist Edgar Franco, from whom Jônatas learned the philosophical fantasy and existentialism present in art. His greatest influence, however, came later on when he was introduced to the Spanish and the Baroque techniques at the Art Institute of Weston by Conchita Firgau, who provided Jônatas with a strong foundation reminiscent from her classical European background, as a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid-Spain), whose fellow alumni include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Fernando Botero. But of likewise importance, the courses in political sciences, philosophy, psychology, and history, which the artist took during his academic studies, have brought most of the elements that he now employs in his paintings.


As for his subject base, Jônatas portrays facets of the socialization, isolation, objectification, and overall engagements of human beings in modern life. In addition to that, he often makes references to the works of the masters, and uses symbolism and suggestive compositions to deliver the intended message. More importantly, as Jônatas always says, he is well aware that there is still much to discover about the creative process, and he is certainly glad to share his personal journey with you.