This week we will be focusing our attention on the work of Juan Jimenez, otherwise known as Pincel Galactic. Juan is a painter and digital illustrator hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, and currently living in Queens, New York.
Jimenez took to art as a youth by watching his father draw animals from various encyclopedias and calendars. He would sit next to his father and try to imitate the detailed drawings that he made. Later, Jimenez would find inspiration in the colorful pages of comic books, and the static-crackled glow of animated television shows.
In addition to his more artistic influences, Jimenez cites that his Colombian heritage itself played a pivotal role in shaping the artist, and person, he would become.
“…when you come to a different country, the place you come from is the way people recognize who you are. Being Colombian influences my art, my inspiration, and my ideas. It has forged both my personality and my artistic path,” he says.
Jimenez’s work is intrinsically tied to his Hispanic heritage. His style is inspired by the roots of Hispanic and African cultures, which he researches based on each project. His twist on traditional heritage-inspired designs comes in the form of futurism.
Jimenez draws heavily from Science Fiction movies and the dystopian future that they present. The macabre depiction of a world on the brink of environmental collapse is given a new outlook in his work. His paintings instead focus on a peaceful future where technology is easily accessible to all cultures and creeds.
For instance, one painting features a portrait of a woman in traditional dress, accented by heritage-inspired patterns and colors. She is wearing a futuristic looking headset from which a bright light shines forward. The thought is that through knowledge of heritage and spirituality, we can all achieve a brighter future.
In addition to painting, Jimenez dedicates his time towards building his clothing brand, Pincel Galactic Apparel.
“It’s a different language within art. It’s a different way of expressing my ideas and my thoughts,” says Jimenez.
Pincel Galactic Apparel currently produces t-shirts, hoodies and pins which display the same futuristic designs found in his paintings. The brand is an attempt to bring the worlds of fashion and art together under one roof.