Abstract Artist: Julian Vergara
Medium: Mixed Media
I am an abstract painter. I am passionate about color, and that is ALL colors. Most of my images or themes, people can relate to. Observers will be able to identify elements they encounter every day or conceive in their dreams, in their joy, their sadness, despair, and fears. I find myself constantly in need of creativity and in the process I tend to gravitate toward the surreal, the subconscious, and the world of fantasy. I make a great emphasis in color for I wish the viewer to feel the same incredible sensation that embraces my body, my soul, my mind, my whole conformation. It is like being in a trance. Color is magical, color is powerful, color is life.The intention is that my paintings allow you to walk away from your daily hectic life and to stimulate you to challenge your intellect and help you release the bad karma that produces our modern world.Make an effort to embrace abstractionism for it stimulates the soul and enlightens the mind.
Julian Vergara was born in Bogota, Colombia. In his soul he carries the richness of his native culture, the music of its people, the mystery of the land itself, the energy and vibrancy of color along with the sounds and influence of the rich culture of New York City where he grew up. He graduated from LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York where he received an Associates Diploma in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts. His studies there led him to experiment with sculpture which eventually brought him to wall constructions/assemblages. While visiting the great art museums and galleries of New York he was exposed to the art of Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella and pop artist Andy Warhol but it was the works of the New York School of Abstract-Expressionists which fired his own personal passion to paint and influenced his style.
In July 31, 1983 his son Julian Fabian was born in Queens, New York. Baby “JB” changed his father’s outlook on the world. He was inspired and found a new desire to live more intensely. The birth of his son motivated his ambitions and dreams of becoming an important abstract painter and brought meaning to the words “love,” “life,” and “art.” About this time he also spent three wonderful years at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. There he had the chance to experiment with new techniques and media and prepare for the challenges necessary to pursue his career as a Graphic Designer and Abstract Painter. In the summer of 1986 Vergara was awarded his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts specializing in Graphic Communication. By then, he had already held numerous exhibitions as a fine artist and graphic designer and had become fascinated by the possibilities of the computer as a tool for artists. Pratt Manhattan the School of Professional Studies in New York City became his home for the following three years, where exposure to the different software programs contributed to his development as a creative visualartist. The computer, digital images, flatbed scanners, CD’s, pixels, bites, and megabytes measured his creativity. These have become the tools of his trade along with acrylics, oils, the fumes of turpentine, stretched canvases and collage. His boundless imagination and artistic manipulation of digital images allow him to create abstract and surrealist images where fine art and computer graphics merge into one. Julian continued to pursue his academic studies by attending Cal State University Channel Islands from 2008 -2010 to obtain a Certificate in Multi-media Art. He also attended courses at Oxnard College, CA.