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This Month's Featured Artist:

Julio San Jose

April 6 - 30, 2014

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Each month 49 West features the work of a different artist. Meet the artist(s) the first Sunday of each month at a wine and cheese reception.

This Month's Featured Artist:

Julio San Jose

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Art transcends and inhabits the borders of being a native in any country as one can see in the drawings of Julio San Jose, whose work will be exhibited at 49 West Coffeehouse, Wine Bar, and Gallery from April 6th through April 30th. The opening reception will be Sunday, April 6th from 5-8 p.m

San Jose’s early years were in Spain during Franco’s regime, however he lived in four different countries at different times, his father shepherding the family by ocean liners to other countries to keep the family secure. During the time he grew up, children died at young ages and San Jose grew up in the shadow of the deaths of two siblings he never knew. Secrets were not just familial, but also societal in the rise and fall of dictators in Europe followed by capitalism as it catapulted from the United States to the rest of the world. Through it all, drawing has been a constant. San Jose says, “My drawing simply provides me with a way to explain the concerns contradictions, and occasional hopes that grow out of the way we have to live.”

In his earlier years, San Jose studied at the private Academy of Lopez Izquierdo in Madrid, where one received training to pass the drawing requirements to enter Madrid’s School of Architecture. The instruction involved drawing classical statuary and the Architectural Orders using charcoal and ink wash respectively. Later, he came to the United States during the 1950’s as a Fulbright Scholar after which he worked in London. He eventually returned to the United States and became a U.S. citizen. San Jose continued to draw using pencil, pen and ink as he does today. San Jose’s work is greatly influenced by Goya’s vision depicting society and its’ follies. San Jose lives a modest, reclusive life, drawing. One wonders how San Jose can respond quickly, as many viewers wish, to questions about his obsessively detailed and comprehensive work? How can San Jose represent a culture while his imagination holds experiences that transcend national borders and his views realize that history is a tool manipulated by the powerful? Perhaps it is best to remain reclusive. No matter, he will keep doing what he’s always done, drawing in the quiet of the night making sense in his own way of the world in which he lives.

San Jose’s work has been published in the journals of The American Society of Planning Officials, the American Institute of Planners, The American Planning Association, Stadtbauwelt (Germany), and locally in The Nickel Review (Syracuse, N.Y.) and the New River Free Press (Blacksburg, VA).

San Jose taught in the architecture programs at the University of Oregon and Syracuse University

Opening reception is Sunday, April 6th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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