Jose Pena, ‘The American Dream’, 2013, Studio 905 on Juniper

Local artist who were asked to paint "What does it mean to be a USA citizen?" or "What does the USA represent to you?
Jose Pena - "In this painting, I depicted the Atlas of Rockefeller Center in NY City. The Atlas is lifting or supporting a coin representing NY City as the world's leading financial center. The Lady Liberty symbolizes the American Dream; the dream that brought me to USA. I chose the Atlas at the Rockefeller Center because to me it represents strength and power and no matter what adversity the city faces; it will always rise.

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This piece was painted for the "Divided State of America" at Studio 905 on Juniper on October 2013.
The Divided State of America", a provocative new, larger than life, nine-piece collection of paintings by San Francisco spray paint artist, Chor Boogie, commissioned by scientist, inventor, immigrant, and entrepreneur, Dr. Nirmal Mulye, highlights the tension between the broken pieces of an ideologically fractured America.

"The Divided State of America" made its national debut at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in October 2012, and was lauded by critics and the public alike as "groundbreaking", "powerful", "disturbing", "provocative", "impactful", "inspiring", “timely", and "controversial”. The traveling exhibit comes directly from California and is based on the original work.

The exhibit also included 12 local artist who were asked to paint "What does it mean to be a USA citizen?" or "What does the USA represent to you?"

About Jose Pena

Art making is the spark that fuels Jose Pena’s life. Working in his studio is a spiritual experience that allows him to connect with his soul, and work to represent the natural splendor of the world. After working with realistic, figurative work in the 1990s, Pena has embarked on new trajectory toward nonrepresentational abstraction. The vibrant colors and dynamic compositions reference are inspired by Pena’s memories of growing up in the Caribbean: the many blues of the ocean, the verdant forests, and the ever-changing sunsets. In addition to acrylic on canvas, Pena uses myriad tools to achieve his visions, including palette knives, cloth nets, various hardware, modeling paste, and found objects. Regardless of the materials, Pena always pursues a spontaneous building of color and form, allowing his instincts to erupt on the canvas.

American, New York, New York