I meet Julio one night at a trendy art exhibition he’s involved in, in a converted back-street tunnel in South London. Outside, it’s a miserable November night, filled with relentless rain and bitter, sobering winds and people walk through the door happy to finally be warm and dry. It’s the kind of night where you wonder if you might have been better off staying at home in your pyjamas and barricading the doors, but here we ar…
I have been named finalist in the second Global Art Awards recognising excellence and innovation in art and design, and will be going forwards to the grand final of the prestigious awards taking place at the FIVE Jumeirah Palm Dubai on 21st November 2018.
My painting Tree Of Life, has been singled out for praise by the judges, in the New Comer Category.
I will also have the chance to be named The Best Global Artist of 2018, which is awarded to one outstanding overall winner, who will also win an exhibition in Abu Dhabi as well as the life-long title.
Dubbed “The Oscars for the Visual Arts”, The Global Art Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of artists from across the globe. There are 16 visual arts categories, ranging from photography, street art, illustration and painting to awards recognising individual artists, including Best Newcomer; Best Sculpture Artist Award; Best Innovative Artist Award as well as the highly illustrious Best Emirati Artist Award.
“It’s a great honour to be named a finalist in the Global Art Awards and I am delighted to be able to join such a fantastic, roll-call of artistic talent heading for the awards in Dubai. These awards really do single out the best, most exciting artists working today, to celebrate their achievements, and I am honoured to be among them.”
Joëlle Dinnage, Founder and Director of the Global Art Awards said, “We created the awards a year ago to establish an inspirational international art competition on a global scale. Artists who were successful last time have gone on to gain recognition and commissions, travel and attend exhibitions and receive a real boost to their careers.
“This year, standards have been exceptionally high and the competition has been fierce across all categories. Congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to seeing them in Dubai.”
The awards ceremony takes place on the evening of Thursday 21st November 2018 at the 16th floor Penthouse FIVE Jumeirah Palm against the backdrop of the astonishing Dubai skyline.
THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER art exhibition by Julio César Osorio opens on Thursday, 5th of September, 2018 from 6-10PM and will run till Sunday 30th of September 2018.
At FREUD BAR
198 Shaftesbury Avenue,
Charring Cross, Covent Garden
London WC2H 8JL
“Julio is a cool cat. I became aware of his work when I used one of his paintings as the poster image for an exhibition I was curating on the Southbank. It was the stand out piece of the exhibition. His work is vibrant, intelligent, relevant, and quirky. I love his work. Welcome to his world.”
Julio Cesar Osorio is a self-taught artist who discovered his painting talent at the lowest point of his life, when he was incarcerated. His journey as a painter has been an inspiration to others who are in the same situation he was in and the story has been narrated to people through National Prison Radio, to help promote self-discovery in those hard times.
As he continues to paint, the messages behind Julio’s work have evolved from nostalgic origins to more politically charged, evocative themes.
“I like to leave the interpretation of my pieces to the viewer, but at the same time, several of my paintings were created to expose and question issues like freedom of speech and the state of world affairs at present”.
The exhibition has been curated to show two sides of his journey by displaying some of his works produced while in prison – a visual diary of paintings that communicates his oppressed world behind prison walls and his determination to break down barriers to discover inner freedom and hopes for a new future – accompanied by most of his art works created since his release. The latter are big, which he adapted to make a statement about the reversal of the restrictions he had in prison and which most artists take for granted e.g. space, light and canvas size.
“I have focused on my strengths with my use of colour and animals in my creations, which have given me my own style and which I have used to illustrate my thoughts and emotions about the world we live in.”
His works showcase the beauty of the wildlife being wiped out by the appalling greed of corporations and trophy hunters, followed by his latest work which was created as his response to the tactics that Trump used to rally support and win votes in the US elections.
“My painting, A TRAMP WITHOUT RAGS, has been the most time-consuming piece I have created. It is my depiction of the vile individual I think Trump is without going anywhere near the gutter his rhetoric roams.
“Trump has a track record as a sexist, chauvinist male which is a cause for serious concern given his position, and in just one year in office he has practically erased the gender equality advancements achieved through many years of lobbying. The transgender model in the piece represents the female, vulnerable in the workplace where sexual harassment, pay gap divides and the male dominated world, which Trump has very openly made acceptable by degrading women with his words and actions, continue to exist.
“During his campaign his attack on the transgender community serving in the American forces was one of the biggest blows delivered to that community: 29 transgender women were killed in 2017 in the state of Alabama alone. “
In a world in which there is so much beauty, in his artwork Julio asks: why do we give pre-eminence to such ugliness.
I have just finished my latest painting and decided to share it and have had good response for the work and a woman that mentioning that she found it offensive, which I was quite taken aback as an artist paints what is in our minds even if it causes controversy.
Also had a man making a comment on my use of words.
I like to tittle my work so that I can use words to complement the painting.
KEY HOLE VIEW
Acrylic on Canvas 50x50cm
Here is what the man wrote, what you think?
Eas’y Key’hol’ey Sham’bollic for sexuality a d fore’bidden ta’boo?