The Courage & Curation of #JonLouis

At the age of 22, Brooklyn born with deep Puerto Rican roots, JonLouis established himself as one of the youngest most unique artist globally. Developing his own style focused on representing external reality by adopting an admirable assortment of spontaneous colors, creating an atmosphere for the viewer to perceive the energy. Not only have his paintings caught the attention of influential collectors around the world, but also Jonlouis uses his art to propel his community. Donating pieces for multiple notable charities, giving speeches for Congress Woman Frederica Wilson and showcasing his art in acclaimed Television shows. JonLouis’s work is an illustration of internally driven courage to be creative, but most importantly courage to make a real change.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“My style is constantly evolving, I primarily focus on representing external reality by adopting an admirable assortment of spontaneous colors, creating an atmosphere capable of exerting energy. Through my artwork, I try to bring the outside in. I decontextualize. Then, I reconstruct. Formulating an illustration of internally driven courage to be creative and make a real change.”


 What project are you working on now?

Emerging Worlds; an Innovative Art Experience where we focus on different forms of performing fine arts around a delicately curated exhibition. We have gathered all forms of world shaping creative inspirations including art, music, dance and style that lead us beyond what we routinely take for granted to explore new perspectives. When new experiences emerge, the innovation of art bring us into them.

How has your work developed since the previous show?

Physically, my work is becoming texturized which allows me to share dimension into the piece in order to allow the viewer to observe a new depth. Mentally, I am working on giving off an experience outside of the visual—I want the viewer to feel the energy of the work. 

What’s the last show that you saw?

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary by Art Miami. I enjoy visiting Art Fairs because they introduce what the art market is offering, it is important as an artist/ entrepreneur to be conscious of the regularly altering art world.

What’s the last show that surprised you? Why?

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. I enjoyed this exhibition because it reminded me that extraordinary people tend to be ordinary people.

What’s your favorite place to see art?

In Third World Countries. The creativity is so real when there is an insufficient amount of resources, the artists use items or ideas related deeply to their environment which gives us an amazing look into their culture.

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

My Mind. Nothing is created unless were both present at the same time.

Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?

I never search for ideas. Ideas come to me when I space out in the middle of a conversation, in the typical place where you would expect a random great idea to come from.

Do you collect anything?

Working on a collection of books. My goal is to have enough books to turn my living room into a personal library, no electronics.

What’s the last artwork you made?

Title: “Give Her Space” its medium is Acrylic on Canvas, currently part of my most popular series characterized by an astronaut holding a bouquet of flowers. This series revolves around some of the essential components of love, such as space and time. With the idea that there could be life or love brought into often hopeless spaces– with the aid of innovation and curiosity.

What’s the first artwork you ever sold?

The first artwork I ever painted on canvas. It was an elephant in Pop Art form—its interesting to look back now and see how my style of art has evolved. The piece sold and I was convinced, I needed to continue creating.

What’s your favorite post-gallery watering hole or restaurant?

Neither, usually I leave the gallery with plans and ideas of how to constantly improve it. Seeing good art only makes me want to hustle harder.

What international art destination do you most want to visit?

Greece, as 
a novice I always gravitated to Ancient Greek Art and Architecture. It was the inspiration to creating some my first pieces.

Who’s your favorite living artist?

I don’t have a favorite living artist in particular. No one that comes to mind. I appreciate many different bodies of work that I cannot pin point one creator. Unless we speak on the creator

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