Jo Mar

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The Androgynous, 2013 Oil On Linen 30 X 30 Inches (76 X 76 Cm)
The Alexa´s, 2015 Oil On Linen 60x48 Inches (152 X121 Cm)
Magical Dress (The Torso), 2016 Clear Resin
Magical Dress, 2016 Resin, Clear Resin, Fabric 8'4" X 3'2"
Magical Dress (Back), 2016 Resin, Clear Resin, Fabric 8'4" X 3'2"
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New York Academy of Art, 2016, MFA
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Instagram: @Jo_mar_art

Jo Mar


Born in Medellin, Colombia, Jo Mar has been drawing and painting since his mid-thirties, when he received what can only be described as a “calling” to begin exploring, with paper and pencil, his difficult and impoverished upbringing in the violence-torn Colombia of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels, and his new life as a struggling immigrant in NYC.  Inspired by a fascination with the human figure and the myriad faces he passed everyday on the streets of New York, his vision of creating art became increasingly urgent and central to his life.


Entirely self-taught as an artist and painter, Jo Mar recently earned a Master Degree from The New York Academy of Art where he developed skills to create his installations, which are conformed of all mediums such as sculpture, painting, architecture, couture and mix media


Jo Mar’s approach to his work is painstaking and elaborate; he has an obsession for details that render his work simultaneously real and surreal.  Every subject wears a costume hand-made by Jo Mar.  His vision for each work is demanding and comprehensive, and the results are luminous and deep.  He explores his subjects from the inside out, rendering every imperfection in a visceralattempt to create a perfect, seamless whole.


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