Artist Spotlight: Jason Aponte
Jason Aponte was born in 1976 and raised on an air force base in Homestead, Florida. Aponte set out to make his own path from generations of family members who served in the military. Aponte showed interest and talent in the visual arts from a young age, always keeping a sketchbook within arm’s length, which remains a habit he continues to this day. Aponte received an Associates Degree of Art and Art Education, Miami Dade Community College. The artist then graduated with high honors and received a (B.F.A) Bachelor of Illustration Degree in 2002 from Ringling School of Art and Design.
After graduating, Aponte moved to Boston, where he further developed his art in The Vernon Street Studios. In 2009, the artist moved back to Miami and shortly was established as an artist-in-residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex, where his studios remain to this day.
Aponte has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. Aponte’s work has been exhibited in a variety of art institutions, including but not limited to: Audrey Love Gallery, Prizm Art Fair, Art Wynwood, Sloan Fine Art Gallery, Somerville Museum, Art Basel Miami, and Selby Gallery. In 2016, Aponte was awarded a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts. Recently, Aponte was showcased in the magazine Letra Urbana.
“DUALITY is a series of paintings and drawings that merge images of the effects of extreme political and environmental disasters with images of prosperity and times of peace. These artworks document the forced migrations of people and the oftentimes conflicting duality of their experiences, creating an intense juxtaposition inspired by his own forced migration after the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The process of creating these artworks involve collecting reference materials, which include photographs from his personal experiences. He researches and acquires images from the news and the Internet. Once his acquisition of images has been completed, he returns to the studio to create a digital composition of superimposed images. This digital composition acts as a sketch, which he refers to
As executing the final work. These works are created using a variety of traditional media such as painting and drawing but are used in a contemporary visual approach.
Through expressive and visceral brushwork and mark making, these non-homogeneous realities can tell a further truth, that even when confronted with disaster, people can survive and prosper again. The result of these artworks have been said to evoke memories and simulate the reflections of a window. This stems from the desire to offset the constant bombardment of stories of suffering with visual expressions of hope and determination of the human condition.”