Jonathan Brender, 2016 Spotlight Artist
Born in Caracas, Jonathan Brender has felt passionate about the arts since he was a young boy, growing up in a unique cultural melting pot of native Venezuelans and Europeans. Jonathan started drawing comics, cars, and boats until he moved on to study ceramics and sculpture for three years at the renowned Arte y Fuego.
Feeling the need to expand his knowledge, culture and skills, he eventually moved to the U.S. to pursue the art of canvas painting with a unique modern style. Inspired by a two-month trip he took to Australia’s back country, Brender began to study the Aborigines’ art of pointillism. He started modifying that art into portraits of modern icons and found immediate success at exhibitions with his new style. With each piece of artwork containing up to 180,000 painted dots, Brender caps his artistic output at 10–12 paintings a year because the process is so time-consuming.
Brender’s unique cultural and artistic background, along with his experience, vision, and personality, makes his work one of a kind. He’s exhibited his work in places such as Israel, England, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, and the U.S. Some of his work can be seen at prestigious five-star hotels in Venezuela, Commercial Buildings in Miami, and private collections around the world.
A much-anticipated programming element of Redwood Media Group’s other art shows, the Spotlight Artist Program is being featured for the very first time at Artexpo New York in 2016 and will continue to be a highlight at the show in future years. Jonathan Brender is one of four esteemed artists selected for this year’s Spotlight Artist Program.