Jamie Chavez, born in Los Angeles and raised in Echo Park, began exhibiting his artwork at ChimMaya in 2016. His art is unmistakably inspired by indigenous ancestry, while infusing his family, friends, and the people he encounters in his everyday life.
Jamie uses toned paper as an homage to Mexican crafts, but is also fond of the way “the paint pops” against the brown. Black India Ink, Acrylics, Prisma Colors, and Rapidographs bring his mixed media portraits to life.
Jamie received a scholarship to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, but explains, “I learned to draw from my father; he is an excellent illustrator. As a kid, I loved to watch him draw.” In the 90s, he was introduced to celebrated Chicano artist, Gilbert ‘Magu’ Lujan, who became a major influence, and motivated Jamie to begin painting.
For his first ‘solo’ exhibition in our gallery....Jamie is taking his artwork to a new medium, by producing large pieces on ‘cutout’ birchwood, and ‘new work’ on his preferred toned paper.