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Art & Life with Jose Angel Hernandez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jose Angel Hernandez.

Jose Angel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Some people call it a midlife crisis and others call it a journey and for me, it began at the age of 43, the year 1999. The Y2K (Year 2000) commotion set the stage for reflecting on my life up to that moment and modified the narrative for me to become an artist. I called my rebirth words and colors, an endeavor of public speaking and visual art. After 18 years of struggles and success, exploring and defining my style, and building bodies of work representative of me as an artist, I feel I have found my place in Los Angeles art scene at least for the moment.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Art supplements and sometimes enhances a moment through a visual effect. My work is interactive and playful. Each pieces has been created with objects that I have either found, recycled or purchased and then incorporated to add a three-dimensional element to the viewing experience. For the past couple of years, my artistic expression has been, 3D Mixed and Multi-Media on boards 24” x 24”. My inspiration comes from people, animals, and concepts or conceptual art.

In the subject of people, I create abstract portraits with a three-dimensional elements that add an interactivity to the work or depth to the artistic expression. My work of Albert Einstein has a Newton’s Cradle on his forehead that not only makes the work playful but also generates sound.

I call my animal art Zoomorphism and it has become my most collectable artistic expression. People connect with specific animal for all kinds of reasons. One of my collectors purchased one of my Rat Painting because her father used to call her my little rat while growing up. My most popular animal are my cows and that is how it all began. I found a corroded cowbell in an antique store while driving from Dallas to San Antonio. Two years past before I decided to do something with my corroded cowbell and nothing could be more appropriate than to paint a cow for my cow bell. Each cow is unique in its own way. On World Cow you could find the shapes of continents in the form of the white spots…

100 is a conceptual work of art with a composition that challenges the viewer with a game of words. Some of my other works explore change and transformation.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
The internet is the best source for finding opportunities to connect with other artists. Social media websites like meetup is a great way to connect with like-minded people. As an artist you have to put in the effort to be in the art world, to explore and to not let it get to you when not accepted in certain circle which could be the cause of loneliness.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have found that my work shows well in art festivals. My favorite art festival is Beverly Hills. My website is wordsandcolors.net and you could follow me on Instagram, jose_angel_art.

Contact Info:

  • Website: wordsandcolors.net
  • Phone: 562-387-3841
  • Email: contactjoseangel@gmail.com
  • Instagram: jose_angel_art

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