José Fernando Londoño is a Colombian-born artist but has spent most of his life in New York City. Art has influenced him both culturally and personally from an early age. He first began painting with a self-taught style focusing on realism and still life. Today his style has morphed into contemporary abstract - obvious in both the texture and color of his work.
In the collection titled "Renacer" a portrait of overcoming struggle can be identified. After many years in a management position, he found himself unemployed during a down economy and struggling with his epilepsy. This unemployment stress made his epilepsy seizures more frequent and severe, ultimately leading to a depression. José Fernando turned inward and took his struggle to the canvas creating the "Renacer Collection," where images of overcoming his struggles can be found to inspire others.
He received a degree in Multimedia Art from Borough of Manhattan Community College. When not tending to school work, he can be found creating new artwork and marketing mostly through social media and his website www.joselondono.com.
Renacer: Intransitive verb, from Spanish to be reborn, rebirth, to revive, come back new again.
proof that a person can reinvent life, after fifty.
The collections, Compositions on Slate and Chasing my Dream, came about after a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In this part of the country, farmhouses can date back to the early part of the 1800s. Today, slate roofs can still be found in some barns and farmhouses. While on a farm of a friend, he came across several stacks of slate. Slate is a natural rock, therefore, it can be quite heavy. However, if cut at the correct thickness; it can be the perfect support for paint. This gave José Fernando an idea. He would try painting on slate. The paintings would need to be smaller than most of the work that he is accustomed to. How to display or hang them would present a new obstacle. Compositions on Slate and Chasing my Dream, are collections which are a departure from the norm. However, the colors, texture, and composition that he brings to each piece remain the same. The paintings are done in the abstract signature style that José Londoño is known for. The jewel tones used, transform this ordinary rock into an exclusive work of art, and they are mesmerizing.
"In the end, my ART will live forever.
ART, will walk the paths of time and tell my story"
José Fernando Londoño