José Nuñez (b. 1945, El Salvador) joined the Creativity Explored studio shortly after moving to California in 1996. The flora and fauna of his beloved El Salvador occupy a large portion of his attention.
The stroke used to delineate the shapes of his objects is simple, assured, and perfectly controlled. Often these subjects are repeated, or elongated, to fill the picture plane, giving his work a complex graphic arrangement. Hints and washes of color are added to punctuate and accent the strength and delicacy of his line.
Figural work also defines his practice. Faces made with a minimum of strokes sit atop extremely long, slender legs finished with bare feet in profile. These columnar figures lean and sway to coexist equally in the frame, rarely touching but very close, often separated by long-stemmed flowers tipped with color.
Drawing from traditional religious sculpture and painting, Nunez began a series of angelic portraiture. Differentiated from his previous figures by a set of feathered wings, tiny upraised arms and a spike of laurel, Nunez’s angels ensure his place in the historical lineage of icon painters.
In 2011 CB2, one of our Community Arts Partners, chose Nunez's work to adorn a complete set of bedding.
Nuñez work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He was featured in Outside In: The Art of Inclsuion at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland in 2013, Palomas Plantas Y Figuras at Brett McDowell, Dunedin, New Zealand and 4 Real 4 Faux Animating the Vernacular at Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO, in 2011, Radiant Spaces: Private Domain at Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA in 2004, and Dialogue Project at Funabashi Cure Gallery, Funabashi, Japan in 2003.Print Bio