Last weekend while Isobel vacationed leisurely at Grandma and Grandpa’s (the service there is excellent, she tells me, and the locals, so friendly) we attended a Pop-Up art show for our friend and local artist (and possible doll model), Jose Gonzalez. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at his art when we went to visit him, and I, like many many many people, encouraged him to exhibit his work.
Jose’s work is very special. Much of it is done in simple chibi-style sketches that are inked and then brought to life with vivid watercolor. Often times his art is about complex ideas: identity, culture, history, environmentalism, and political justice, so he uses his friendly, open style to disarm and invite everyone to think about the subject of the artwork.
Many of his illustrations invoke a call to action or a glimpse into his heritage, but some of his work is childlike and full of whimsy, such as his alphabet illustrations and his drawings of animals in human clothing. His love of fantasy is evident in his work as they all have an element of wonder to them.
You can find more and purchase his work by visiting his Etsy shop, Aguacate Press. If you are looking for something you’ve seen here that’s not in the shop, feel free to message him. He blogs about the intersection of his passions for education, art, and the environment at Green Chicano and at his personal blog Musings of a Purple Quark.
Jose, we are so proud of you.