Jorge Oswaldo

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Jorge Oswaldo is an artist who employs a variety of mediums in his practice to achieve a hyper-expressive delivery of shape and color. He designs and produces original works using a vector-based format. His ideas are outputted using self-adhesive vinyl, automotive paint, and various printing techniques. His works evolve from a simple idea into frenetically arranged and calculated explosions of shape, line and color. Jorge methodically stitches the tapestry of his own ideas to the familiarity of our current landscape by creating work that instantly gratifies the viewer a seduction of color. Through the use of corporate logo modifications, three-dimensional layering, and high-visibility colors, he renders a new definition of what it means to be a “hypermodern” artist. Though one senses the legacies of Pop Art, Psychedelic ’60s Art, Expressionism, Neo-Classic Pop, and even Rococo and Baroque, there is no mistaking Oswaldo’s work embodies “children” of the Internet Age.  Due to their chromatic bravura and graphic diversity, register, and precision, it’s easy to see why his works resonates on so many levels. While a Frank Stella high-relief shows the expertise of the machining shop and hearkens back to the days of inveterate skilled labor, Oswaldo’s grapho-painterly reliefs could only be the works of a mind born in an era of cyber screens and pixels, 3-D imagery and social media.

Oswaldo was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1979. He has received formal training from Barat College of Depaul University earning a degree with a concentration in painting in 2002. After a brief stint at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Jorge attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2004. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Studio Arts. During his two-year program, he studied with Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Tony Tasset, Kerry James Marshall, Julia Fish, Susan Sensemann, and Jennifer Reeder. His creative efforts centered on producing work in a digital medium, often within a video format.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Jorge simultaneously pursued a second career as a graphic artist. He currently works as a graphic designer for Stussy, Inc.  He  produces fine art and associated works in his studio in downtown Los Angeles.

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