Photo of Artist by Christian San Jose
Jorge Oswaldo is an artist and designer who employs a variety of mediums in his practice. He designs and produces original works using a vector-based format. His ideas are outputted using self-adhesive vinyl, automotive paint, and various printing techniques. His works evolve from a simple idea into frenetically arranged and calculated explosions of shape, line and color. Methodically stitching the tapestry of his own ideas to the familiarity of an ever changing social landscape, he creates work that instantly gratifies the viewer through a seduction of logos and familiar shapes. Through the use of corporate logo modifications, three-dimensional layering, and high-visibility colors, he renders a new definition of what it means to be a hypermodern artist influenced by consumerist American culture.
Due to their chromatic bravura and graphic diversity, register and precision, it’s easy to see why his work resonates on so many levels. While a Frank Stella high-relief shows the expertise of the machining shop and hearkens back to the days of inveterate skilled labor, Oswaldo’s grapho-painterly style could only be the works of a mind born in an era of cyber screens and pixels, 3-D imagery and social media.
Jorge was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1979. He has received formal training from Barat College of Depaul University earning a degree with a concentration in painting in 2002. After a brief stint at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Jorge attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2004. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Studio Arts. His creative efforts centered on producing work in a digital medium.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Jorge simultaneously pursued a second career as a graphic artist. Upon landing in Los Angeles, he fell in love with technology and dedicated his first 3 years at Apple, Inc. It was during those 3 years where he cut his teeth as a digital craftsman. In 2008, he combined his love for creativity and fashion and was a Senior Graphic Designer for the streetwear giant Stüssy, Inc. During his 7 year tenure his focus was designing mainline graphic tees, marketing assets, printed matter, in store POP, and special collaborative projects.
In 2015, he relocated his studio to work at Nike. Currently he is a Sr. Graphic Designer for Nike Basketball. He is the graphic lead helping to execute the seasonal narrative for performance product relevant to the category consumer. He also continues to create his fine art works from his new studio in Portland, OR.
Partial client list includes: Nike, Pepsi, Stüssy, Apple, Vans, MTV, W Hotel Singapore, NBA, Brisk, Sanrio, Ricoh, Marvel, Skinit, LAX International Airport, Roy Choi
Jorge is available for freelance art projects or commissioned artwork. Please inquire via contact page