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March 16 – April 28, 2017

An artist talk moderated by Rainey Knudson will be held on March 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Ruiz-Healy Art.

BECOMING is a solo exhibition highlighting a new series of work by Jesse Amado. Known for art that is conceptually based and highly formal Amado states “A synthesis is underway. Developing into a progression; steered by compositions and colorings … These current works represent seemingly the spiritual… Present with vestiges of beautiful Catholicism. It’s rituals and iconography. Subsequently appearing is the Metaphysical… presence of the natural with it’s necessary result of ART and it is all that exists.”

BECOMING features politically themed “block letters”, textile “colorings”, his signature virgin wool felt “tablets”, prints by Hare & Hound Press, and a garment “closet.”

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.

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.

Amado recently returned from the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s Berlin Residency Program in partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Germany.

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