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    Jason was born and raised in Homestead, FL in 1976 on an air force base. Generations of his family members served in the military, but he followed a different path. He received a Bachelors of Illustration Degree in 2002 from Ringling School of Art and Design, graduating with high honors. He moved to Boston, where he was an artist-in-residence at The Vernon Street Studios. In 2009, he returned to Miami and currently is an artist-in-residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex. He has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, including notable solo shows such as “Fantasy Reflected”, Artium Gallery, Miami, 2016; “Self-Reflected”, Boca Raton Library, Boca Raton, 2016; “Through the Looking Glass” WEC Gallery, Miami, 2015, curated by Ananda DeMello. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the National Endowment of the Arts to support his studio practice. As a figurative artist, Jason Aponte is extremely interested in the effect of contemporary life and the psychology of the individual. The canvas allows him to present to the viewer elements that of the subject’s psychology, such as color, form, and light, ultimately leading to a portrait or scene that presents his take on the minutia of contemporary life. The natural situations we experience every day often contain beautiful, unseen elements that are quite telling about the facets of contemporary life that shape our conception of ourselves as individuals, which he attempts to capture with his work.

    My kryptonite War paint

    Known for his synchronization of distinct media, American contemporary artist Jonathan Ryan Harvey elicits moods through a visual language of abstract shape, color and form. Through the construction of digital works that look like physical paintings and paintings that harness the bold graphic quality of design, Harvey generates aesthetic shapeshifters that oscillate between disparate media categories Born in the tan deserts of Arizona, Harvey found a second home within Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of New York. These polar environments of nature and city serve as balanced inspiration for the color within his pieces. Harvey’s graphic sensibilities are influenced by 1980s graphic novels and anime films such as Akira, Bubblegum Crisis, and Spirited Away by Hiyao Miyazaki. Harvey was introduced to the world of contemporary art during his first job at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Motivated by daily exposure to renowned contemporary artists, Harvey was driven to curate the ‘Mella Pillar Silcox’ in 1998, where his first pieces were displayed next to works by Shepard Fairey, Dave Kinsey, and Tony Fitzpatrick. He later became immersed in the world of graffiti and hip-hop, an experience to which Harvey directly attributes his mark-making instincts and his ability to paint with a freestyle approach. Jonathan Ryan Harvey lives and works in San Diego, California. He is represented by ReEnvision Gallery in Doral, FL.