BIOGRAPHY

Jesse Amado, San Antonio, Texas, b. 1951

Known for art that is conceptually based and highly formal, Amado’s practice occupies the liminal space that hovers between life and art. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Amado resided in both Texas and New York City for many years but has now chosen to live in his hometown full time.

“When I settle into the practice of art, past, and current, the one conceit that persistently unfolds is the desire to investigate the arc of the transmutation. This reflects my keen interest in the zeitgeist and the inherent dynamic qualities it posses that address the trends and thoughts of particular periods of time. My work endorses the quality of change and how limitless and liberating it can be for an artist. It resists the formulaic and instead embraces the free association and process that reflects the Freudian play of the creative act. Utilizing forms, images, materials, fashions, and medias of human industries; I’m able to produce commentaries on the ambiguities of modern and contemporary culture and the investments that are ultimately made by society.” – Jesse Amado

Amado’s art can be found in various private and public collections throughout Texas, the United States and internationally, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Blanton Museum, Austin, TX; San Antonio Museum of Art, TX; Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX; and El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY.

SELECTED IMAGES

CATALOGUES

Jesse Amado: Becoming

Essay by Rainey Knudson
2017. Ruiz-Healy Art. Hardcover
48 pages. 10 x 8 inches

 

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Jesse Amado: 30 Day Rx

Essay by Patty Ortiz
2015. Ruiz-Healy Art. Hardcover
40 pages. 10 x 8 inches

 

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EXHIBITIONS

PAST

Latinx Art: Transcending Borders
April 3 – May 11, 2019

Houston, Texas

PAST

Blue is Not a Color
July 11 – September 1, 2018

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Jesse Amado: Becoming
March 16 – April 29, 2017

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

On the Curve
January 25 – February 25, 2017

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Why is the Sky Blue?
November 18, 2015 – February 13, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

More Than Words: Text Based Artworks
March 5 – April 25, 2015

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Jesse Amado: 30 Day RX
April 30 – June 6, 2015

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Aesthetic Encounters
December 10, 2014 – January 24, 2015

San Antonio, Texas