Imagine two artists who were born in Puerto Rico and are now successful here in the mainland USA. I met them by accident in life. My daughter knew Veronica De Jesus as an artist in San Francisco. I know Javier Padilla from his work in Northern Virginia. Art is a product of culture. Culture is a product of life’s experiences.
Veronica became an art Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Javier, a scientist by education, has always been an artist at heart, and emerged in Puerto Rico and reemerged in Virginia. They are vastly different except they share common cultural roots that somehow manifest in their work.
It is intensensity. It is graphic. It contains storytelling. Their work speaks like Diego and Frida, but they are not at all Diego and Frida. The only things in common is Latino heritage and the capacity to translate from common things to splendid interpretations.
So, I wonder, what would how would that show appear? The transformation from Puerto Rico to Americana? Behold, let their paintings tell their story.
List of "Uncommon works: De Jesus and Padilla"
As a curator, I like to begin by seeing the artists in their environment. Art is an artifact, a happenstance from people being artists.
1. Who is Javier Padilla?
2. Who is Veronica De Jesus?
3. Veronica De Jesus (art sample)
4. Veronica De Jesus (art sample)
5. Javier Padilla (art sample)
6. Javier Padilla (art sample)