Jesus Mora

 

Artist Statement

Mora’s work originates from life itself, unity of things and the infinite, depicts how every action intertwines with the next one and the eternal. The same way every sound and every space touch each other. Like molecules in the microscopic world are part of us as well as bacteria, proteins, our own body, trees, the garbage, nature, the planets, the universe and other people. The results of this process are paintings combining organic shapes and fantasy that resemble nature, dreams, imagination, mythology and history. The subjects of my work have a life cycle of their own, within which are contained reality, fantasy, the microscopic world and the universe. This represents a constant conversation between our selves and our surrounding not only in the material world but also in the subconscious one.

 

Bio

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Jesus Mora was born in Naucalpan, Mexico in 1971. At the age of 13 he started to work with metal at his father’s workshop. In 1995 Mora studied drawing and painting in Mexico at “Casa de la cultura de Chapultepec” and “Unidad Cuahutemoc”. In Oaxaca, he got involve with Antonio Mandarin who taught him the technique to make “alebrijes”. In 1997 he moved to Canada and studied drawing and painting at Toronto School of Art and illustration at the studio of Mark Thurman. In 2004 he got a Drawing and Painting diploma from OCAD Ontario College of Art and Design. For the past few years he has participated in several art projects, festivals exhibitions and workshops. He has been exhibiting his work in Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany and Serbia.

 

CV

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  • Born in Mexico in June 1971

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2011 Spence Gallery, “Worlds within worlds”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Casa de la Cultura Tulum, “Memorias acarreadas por el viento”, Q. Roo, Mexico.
  • 2008 Studio Taller, “08”, open Studio, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006 Apostolis Gallery, “Prospectos”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Centro Cultural Agora del Parque Naucalli, “Contornos”, Mexico
  • 2005 Gallery 1313, “AlterNatives”, Process Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Canadian Heritage Ontario Region office, “Fluid Expression” Toronto, Canada

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013 “IMAGINE”, organized by LACAP, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2012 Spence Gallery, “Affordable Art Fair”, NYC, U.S.A.
  • 2012 Twist Gallery, “The big art show”, by Five Lovely Guys, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2012 Glendon Gallery, York University, “Itineraries”, Festival of images and words, T.O. Canada.
  • 2012 Fran Hill Gallery, “Artoronto”, Toronto, ON. Canada.
  • 2012 Gladstone Hotel Gallery, “OCAD University Alumni Exhibition”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012 International Museum of Modern Art of São Gonçalo do Rio Abaixo, Brazil.
  • 2012 Spence Gallery, “Affordable Art Fair”, LA, California, U.S.A.
  • 2011 Mike’s Museum, “Open skull open”, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • 2011 Gallery 1313, “Rythms of the earth”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011 The Blue Moon, by Five lovely Guys, Toronto, Canada
  • 2011 Club Alpino Chipinque, “Colectiva de Otoño” , Monterrey, N.L. México.
  • 2011 Spence Gallery, AAFNYC, New York City, U.S.A.
  • 2011 Gallery 1313, “Beyond our roots”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011 Galerie Gabriel, “Inaugural exhibition”, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • 2011 Londsdale Gallery, “Rudele Artists Residency” , Toronto, Canada
  • 2011 Galeria Escamilla, “El Caracol Rosado” , Tulum, Q.Roo, Mexico
  • 2011 Artscape Triangle Gallery, “Every which way”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011 Ben Navaee Gallery, “Orchestra”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Koffler Gallery, “Bookmark Project 2010: Amulet”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Casa de la Cultura Tulum, “Quelonios Ak”, Q. Roo, Mexico.
  • 2010 The Art Space, “Celebrate”, Huntsville Art Society, Huntsville, On, Canada.
  • 2010 M2 Gallery at Burroughs, “Santo Sangre” by Moos Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Chelsea Art Museum, “Open portfolio” by Frere independent, New York City, U.S.A.
  • 2010 Japanese Paper Place, “Eight by six”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Spence Gallery, “Los Pintores”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 OCAD Student Gallery, “Next Big Thing”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Exhibition Place, Queen Elizabeth Building, “The Artist Project”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 The Arts Project, “Colores de Latinoamérica”, Sunfest’s Art Exhibition, London, Canada.
  • 2009 Spence Gallery, “Permanent collection”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 Headbones Gallery, “Paper Salon & Slasher Sale”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 A Space, “Bringing down our dead”, curated by Amelia Jimenez, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 Galeria Casa de la Cultura Tulum, “Quelonios Ak”, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • 2009 VMAC Gallery, “Paper Planes” SAVAC Juried group exhibition, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 Vuk Gallery, “Trisc Residency Art show” Trisc, Serbia.
  • 2009 Red Sable Gallery, “Summertime”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 Spence Gallery, “4th Anniversary”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 Arta Gallery, “Color is my Day”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 Artscape Wychwood Barns Gallery, “Artist’s show”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 The liberty Grand, “the artist project”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009 Impressions Art gallery, “The Fusion of Spirit’, Toronto, Canada
  • 2008 Spence Gallery, “Silent Auction”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Archer Education Group, “CARITAS”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Artscape Wychwood Barns, “Open Studio to Official opening”,Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Casa Loma, “Art in the Castle”, Toronto.Canada.
  • 2008 OCAD Atrium, “Who dun ?t”, Toronto
  • 2008 Studio Taller, “Muertitos”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Galeria Casa de la Cultura Tulum, “Quelonios Ak”, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
  • 2008 Nathan Phillips Square, “Los hombres de Maiz” organized by Crea Mexico, Toronto.
  • 2008 Awol Gallery, “Square Foot”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2008 Bickford Centre, “Arts and culture Festival for peace in Colombia”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Spence Gallery, “The space between”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 G + Gallery, “Good Edition Series”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 Laluque Gallery, Toronto Canada.
  • 2007 John B. Aird Gallery, “Mistletoe Magic”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 OCAD Atrium, “Who dun ?t”, Toronto
  • 2007 Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Auditorio Jaime Torres Bidet, “El Placer”, Mexico.
  • 2007 Gallery 1313, “AlterToronto” group show organized by LCCA, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Scratch Gallery, “Tart”, Art on t-shirts group show, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Side Space Gallery, “El Dia de los Muertos” Exhibition by Mexico Abroad Org., Toronto.
  • 2007 Scratch Gallery, “Proximity”, part of ArtWalk St. Clair Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Awol Gallery, “Square Foot”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Scratch Gallery, “Imprint”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Scratch Gallery, “Dollar mania”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 U of T, Hart House, “Olas Cultural Waves”,Latinamerican Perspective, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 John B. Aird Gallery, “Drawing 2007” 8th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition, Toronto.
  • 2006 Galerie Bertossini, “Joy & Wonder”, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006 U of T, Hart House, “Envisioning a Global Americas”, Photo Exhibition, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006 OCAD Atrium, “Who dun ?t”, Toronto
  • 2006 Art Hall Consulate General of Korea, “Korean and Latinoamerican exhibition”, Toronto
  • 2006 Propeller, “exMargins”, LCCA, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006 AGO, “In Your Face”, permanent exhibition, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006 Awol Gallery, “Square Foot”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2006 Nathan Phillips Square, “Toronto Outdoors Art Show”, Toronto
  • 2006 Toronto City hall Rotunda, “Neekawnisidok”,Presented by ANDPVA, Toronto, Canada
  • 2006 Free Gallery, “The Urban Square Foot Painting Project”, Creative Works Studio, Canada
  • 2006 Headbones Gallery, “Narrative?”, Toronto
  • 2006 Etobicoke Civic Centre, “Latinoamerica 2006”, Toronto
  • 2006 OCAD Auditorium, “We are traffic”, Toronto
  • 2006 Galerie Bertossini “Works on paper”, Toronto
  • 2005 Galerie Bertossini, “Joy”, Toronto
  • 2005 Engine Gallery, “XXXmas Show”, Toronto
  • 2005 OCAD Atrium, “Who dun ?t”, Toronto
  • 2005 Martin Kletzel Gallery, “Toronto International Art Fair”, Canada
  • 2005 John B. Aird Gallery, “Open Water 80”, CSPWC, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Studio Taller, “Open Studio” Arts Week, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 “Collective Metropolis” by Rogerson Fine Art and Stephanie Rogerson, TO,Canada
  • 2005 Off the Map Gallery, “Life in the Bike Lane”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Espace Perspective, “Kaleidoscope”, Montreal, Canada
  • 2005 Awol Gallery, “Square Foot”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Vita brevis studio/gallery, “Figurative show”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Gallery Jigsaw, “Opening Show”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Gallery 61 “Our Roots & Beyond”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Galerie Bertossini, “The Grand Opening”, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Etobicoke Civic Centre, “Latinoamerica 2005”, Toronto
  • 2004 Engine Gallery, “2nd Annual Christmas Show”, Toronto
  • 2004 Xpace, “Auction Show”, Toronto, Canadá
  • 2004 OCAD Atrium, “Who dun ?t”, Toronto
  • 2004 OCAD Gallery, “Earthly expressions”, Toronto
  • 2004 Convention Center, “HispanoAmerican Expo”, Toronto
  • 2004 Studio Taller, “Water Borne”, ArtsWeek, Toronto
  • 2004 Sacred Voice Gallery, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto
  • 2004 The Marilyn Brewer Community Space, “Photo Op!”, Toronto
  • 2004 Nathan Phillips Square, “Toronto Outdoors Art Show”, Toronto
  • 2004 OCAD, “Graduate Show”, Toronto
  • 2004 Centro Civico del Zaidin, “Muestra Internacional”, Granada, Spain
  • 2004 Gallery 1313, “Ebb & Flow”, Toronto
  • 2004 Art Company Inc., “Go west”, Toronto
  • 2004 Etobicoke Civic Centre, “Latino America”, Toronto
  • 2004 Propeller, “Ambrosia”, Toronto
  • 2003 Propeller “Cash and Carry Fundraiser”, Toronto
  • 2003 OCAD Atrium, “Who dun ?t”, Toronto
  • 2003 OCAD Official opening of new building, “Waw”, Toronto
  • 2003 OCAD Gallery, “Architectural Dialects”, Toronto
  • 2003 Awol Gallery, “The Square Foot”, Toronto
  • 2003 Nathan Phillips Square, “Toronto Outdoors Art Show”, Toronto
  • 2003 Java Giovanile, ‘‘Moduli multipli’’, Florence, Italy
  • 2003 OCAD studio, “Dentro la Imagine”, Florence, Italy
  • 2002 Java Giovanile, ‘‘Moduli multipli’’, Florence, Italy
  • 2002 City Hall, “Multicultural”, Toronto
  • 2002 OCAD, “Annual Student Exhibit”, Toronto
  • 2002 Acadia Gallery, “Fronteras/Frontiers”, Toronto

RELATED PROJECTS

  • 2012 Participation creating a Mexican Altar for Nelly Furtado video clip “Waiting for the night”.
  • 2012 “The Photograph”, Documentary by Manfred Becker, Infield Fly Productions, Canada.
  • 2012 Coordinator of Dia de los Muertos Ceremony, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Organizing the Mexican community.
  • 2012 Medicine Boy, participation biulding the Set, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011 Coordinator of Dia de los Muertos Ceremony, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Organizing the Mexican community.
  • 2011 Co-facilator workshop for a mosaic mural at CAMH, by Workman arts and Red Pepper Spectacles, T.O. Canada.
  • 2011 “Les fetes internationals du Theatre” Scenary of Skulls of Posada, Vallefield, Quebec, Canada.
  • 2011 Artist Talk at school in Uaxactun, Guatemala.
  • 2010 Scenary director of “Skulls of Posada” play by Oscar Ortiz, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Coorditaror of a ceremony and celebration of a “Dia de los muertos” created by the Mexican community.
  • 2010 Painting Workshop for kids at “Casa de la Cultura, Tulum”, Mexico.
  • 2009 Dia de los Muertos Ceremony, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Organizing the Mexican community.
  • 2009 Performance at Fort York as part of LatinAfroFirstNations Festival, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Dia de los Muertos ceremony, Studio Taller, T.O., Canada.
  • 2008 Harvest of memories: Days of the Dead. Participation in the ofrenda by LCCA. Gardiner Museum. T.O. Canada.
  • 2008 Agokwe, Set crew with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Performance “Allergies” with Patlani Collective at the festival LatinAfro Fest organized by LCCA T.O. Canada.
  • 2008 Curator committee of a video night “Capsules of Time” as part of the festival rhyme the image organized by LCCA in Toronto Canada.
  • 2008 Performance “Blues at a Loss” with Patlani Collective at the festival rhyme the image. T.O. Canada.
  • 2008 Rez Sisters, participation painting the Set, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 Video projection “Mexica Solstice” presented at the Festival of Lights, Kensington market, T.O. Canada.
  • 2007 Crew and production team of the “Festival of Lights” produce by Red Pepper Spectacles Arts, T. O., Canada
  • 2007 Artists coordinator from Red Pepper Spectacle Arts in a mural mosaic project presented by Art Starts, Canada
  • 2007 Double Date, Tableau Vivant, collaborative Performance presented by SAVAC and AKA Gallery, at Lennox Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 Performance “Illegal migration” presented at International Refugee Day for non is illegal.org at OISE U of T
  • 2007 Performance Warming Warning in Latin Afro Festival organized by LCCA.
  • 2007 Gegwah, workshop production, participation with the Set, Costume, Prop and Production Team Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2007 Enter-gration, “2007 Emerging artist series”, presented by FADO performance Inc., Toronto Free Gallery.
  • 2006 Collaborate in the book project “State of Mind between the lines” Pictures and words by Etobicoke youth.
  • 2006 Crew and production team of the “Festival of Lights” produce by Red Pepper Spectacles Arts, T. O., Canada
  • 2006 Coordinator of an Altar for Day of the Dead, invited by Mexican consulate, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  • 2006 OCAD’s Nuit Blan, “The Manifold Project, Toronto Canada
  • 2006 OCAD Look Inside, panel discussion, Toronto Canada.
  • 2006 Tiempo Surface-Illegal Migration performance by LCCA at Tranzac.Club Toronto.
  • 2006 River of Dreams, Mosaics Created under the guidance of Red Pepper Spectacle Arts at St Stephen’s Community House, Toronto.
  • 2006 Auto Sensorial work shops, Illegal Migration performance presented at OISE, Canada
  • 2006 Double Date, Tableau Vivant, collaborative Performance presented by SAVAC and AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • 2006 Performance Illegal Migration / migracion ilegal in 3 Day Latin Festival “Beyond our Roots- Fusion” at Drake Hotel
  • 2006 Gegwah, workshop production, participation with the Set, Costume, Prop and Production Team Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Toronto.
  • 2006 Colorin Colorado Kid’s Festival, Children’s Engraving Workshop, Toronto
  • 2006 Participation in the committee of visual art exhibition for the Festival “Ritmo y Colour”, Harbourfront Centre. Toronto.
  • 2006 Art City, Summer Kid’s Workshops, Plasticine, Toronto , Canada.
  • 2006 Uprising Documentary Festival 2006, “Grain of Sand”, Artist talk and exhibition.
  • 2005 First Latin American Youth Forum on Violence Prevention offered by “Mujer Organization” Printing Workshop for a image of a world without violence, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Collaboration with illustrations in a commemorative book of the poet Alejandro Cruz Martinez, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2005 Artist Talk at Canadian Heritage Ontario Region office, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2005 Coordinator of an Altar for Day of the Dead, invited by Mexican consulate, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  • 2005 Participation on short film “Freedom is Movement” by Julian Calleros, part of Liberte Commission Program.
  • 2005 Festival Salvador Allende for Peace, Children’s Workshop, Toronto.
  • 2005 Performance Duality in 3 Day Latin Festival “Beyond our Roots” at Drake Hotel
  • 2004 Coordinator of an Altar for Day of the Dead, invited by Mexican consulate, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  • 2004 Ryerson University – Jorgerson Hall, “Digna Ochoa” Toronto
  • 2003 OCAD official opening of the new entrance, Toronto
  • 2003 Involved in a social event ,“Venere Biomeccanica”, Italy
  • 2002 Participation in a mural of a short film, “Winter Sun”, Toronto

AWARDS

  • 2012 Ontario Arts Council Writer’s Reserve Grant.
  • 2011 Fellowship John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
  • 2010 Viewer’s Chioce Award, Huntsville Art Society.
  • 2010 Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Grant
  • 2010 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Asssistance Grant
  • 2008 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2006 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Asssistance Grant
  • 2006 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant
  • 2004 CSPWC Julius Griffith Memorial Award
  • 2004 Gallery 76
  • 2004 Cultural Association “Valentin Ruiz Aznar”, Granada, Spain Third Prize Ex-Aequo.

Reviews/ Publications/ Interviews

  • 2012 Espanglish TV Network, Interview about Dia de los muertos Celebration.
  • 2012 Artoronto.ca, Virtual magazine, Canada.
  • 2011 Diario Expresiones, Tulum, Q Roo, Mexico.
  • 2011 Aqui Sali, interview for a magazine and radio, April, Tulum, Q. Roo, Mexico
  • 2011 Ondas Hispanas Radio, Interview about Mayan Calendar Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Ondas Hispanas Radio, Interview about Mayan culture and Calendar. Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 Town Crier, Arts & Entertainment art Review, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2010 The Forester, review of a group exhibition at “The Art Space”, Sept, 1st 2010 Huntsville, ON, Canada.
  • 2010 NAISA Radio 106.1 FM, interview of Artscape Wychwood barns residents, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2009 The Star / Critic’s Choice “Bringing down our death” by Peter Goddard, Dec 10, T.O. Canada.
  • 2009 Blic, Daily News Paper,Art Review of Trsic Art colony, July, 2009, Serbia.
  • 2009 Art Chat at the Artist Project, “Animals Make us Human” by Betty Ann Jordan, T.O. Canada.
  • 2008 Correo Canadiense, Artscape Wychwood Barns Review, December 2008. T.O. Canada.
  • 2007 Canoe Live, SUN TV / Quebecor Media Inc./ Interview about the Alter-Toronto exhibit. Canada.
  • 2007 Galeria Directorio Cultural, Arte Latino en Toronto 2007, 1st Issue.
  • 2006 Correo Canadiense / Art Review from Nov 17th, 2006
  • 2006 106.5 Fm Aboriginal Radio / AVR Art Review Canada, exhibition Prospectos.
  • 2006 Correo Canadiense / Review of “Latinoamerica 2006”.
  • 2005 The Globe and Mail / Review of “Alternatives” exhibition at 1313 Gallery
  • 2005 Excelsior / Article of exhibition at Agora Naucalli, Mexico
  • 2004 Toronto Sun / Interview for Article on the Day of the Death, Harbourfront Centre
  • 2004 Artery Magazine / People on Focus

EDUCATION

  • 01-04 Ontario College Of Art & Design, Diploma Drawing & Painting, Toronto
  • 02-03 Ontario College Of Art & Design, Florence program, Italy
  • 1999 Toronto Board of Education, Illustration & Cartooning with Mark Thurman, Toronto
  • 1999 Mentor Antonio Mandarin, Learning “alebrijes” technique, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • 1998 Toronto School of Art, Life Drawing and Life Painting, Toronto
  • 1996 Casa de la Cultura, Drawing & Painting, Mexico
  • 1996 Unidad Cuahutemoc, Drawing, Mexico
  • 1992 Kodak, Black & White Photography, Mexico
  • 1991 UNITEC Mexican Technological

 

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