Tag: Jose Cifuentes

Shop – The Visually Striking Art of Jose Cifuentes

Born in 1984 in a family of business administrators, I was the black sheep. Artist since I can remember, enrolled in art academies since I was seven years old and did poorly in any subject that did not involve creativity. When I was fifteen I moved to the U.S where I went to High School and received the Class Artist Award my Senior year, only to be a proud recipient of a full-ride scholarship to study Fine Arts at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.

After graduation, I began to paint professionally and exhibit my work numerous times throughout NJ and NYC. Due to a fucked up immigration story, I had to leave the States and move back to Medellin, Colombia, where I used my art to start a clothing brand and bring that business side of the family to fruition. The name of my brand was beFREE clothing and thanks to our award-winning business idea we suffered extortion and were forced to shut down.

After shutting down our shop, I landed a sweet gig in the biggest streetwear brand in the country and we took that company to a new level. Two years later we decided to move to Canada and start a life in a safe place where we don't have to fear for our lives and my art could flourish. Since December 2016 believe it has.

In 2019 I was the proud recipient of the Refugee and Newcomer Mentorship Grant by Toronto Arts Council and had a great opportunity to exhibit my work at Arta Gallery in the Distillery District.

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Podcast – The Visually Striking Art of Jose Cifuentes

This episode of the CUTO podcast will serve as a time capsule. It was recorded in mid-April as the Pandemic started, before the situation escalated, before the protests and the riots. 

Insight - Where Do We Go From Here?

Everything was up in the air (no pun intended) back in April. We were getting acclimated to the lockdown and the podcast was new. Since April, the podcast has become a staple of CreativeUTO with multiple artists bringing their own flavour to the conversation. 

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Jose Cifuentes' art is visually striking. It's intense. I remember scrolling through Instagram and his art stopped me. Jose was forced to leave his whole life, including his business, behind when he immigrated from Medellin to Toronto. 

He tells us that he is using this time in quarantine to reflect and meditate and is currently working on a piece to honour his best friend, a nurse working the frontlines. We also trade music pics, talk about basic income for artists, and the concept of power. 


Podcast - The Visually Striking Art of Jose Cifuentes

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