Jonathan Treviño (b.1989) is a Visual Artist, Interiors Stylist, and Creative Consultant working between NYC and San Antonio, TX. He received a BFA with Honors in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and working as an assistant to Fashion Photographers Daniel Jackson and Arno Frugier for clients such as Vogue China, DAZED Magazine, Sephora, and CLASH, later producing special projects for JUXTAPOZ Magazine, SCOPE Gallery, Art Basel Miami, Highsnobiety, VICTORY Journal, and Nike NYC.
Treviño's artwork focuses on the spiritual construction of American identity, the absurdity of the quest for self-perfection, and the ravages of American cultural desire at large as they arise out of the struggle between matter and meaning throughout the history of Western philosophy, religion, and law over time; evidenced by luxury vernacular and material notions of The New in art, media, and technology. As a Native American-Latinx artist, Treviño introduces American art praxis as a dual process of metaphor and mestizaje, using contemporary iconography and art history to investigate the generational effects of christian law on the family relationships of "the two races;" particularly within the souls of parents, their children, and queer members of American society.
Through visions ranging from video installation and performance photography, to sculptural pastiche incorporating textile, cosmetic, and botanical materials, Treviño's works function as poignant meditations on the numinous reveries and longings of proletariat city life, paralleled by celebrations of Earth matter in the context of mestizo experience; a precarious context in which neither “pure" race nor “pure" culture exists to create a uniquely American phenomenon within art history. The work,then, becomes fully intelligible when in dialogue with the history of America.
His award winning art-house short film, BLUE SWEEP has screened regionally and internationally, premiering at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts as part of the 2018 San Antonio Film Festival, shortly after receiving the Texas Vision Award at the South Texas Underground Film Festival, Alamo Drafthouse, Corpus Christi, selected for the Oaxaca Film Festival, Mexico, as well as screening across thirty cities in Romania as part of the SHORT to the Point Film Festival before being selected to screen at Hemisfair, San Antonio for Luminaria 2019.
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