Commercial Mexican Street Painting
Explaining chalk street paintings has never been easy.
For Mexican-American artist, Julio César Jiménez, it has taken about 10 years to develop, explore and explain his skills with chalk.
Jiménez’s love for art began in a high school class, but it was after meeting a street artist that he truly found his passion.
“At first I was in shock, ” said Jiménez, who had never been exposed to street chalk art. “But I got into it, I loved it and it’s been a huge part of my life, of my profession.”
Jiménez began street painting more and more frequently until he faced the choice of quitting a regular 9 to 5 job and trading it all in for his art.
“I started doing commercial gigs and advertisement, ” Jiménez said. “Then I woke up to the notion that I could actually do this for a living.”
Jiménez got a job with a car manufacturing company and during an entire year he traveled the nation painting cars. He worked with other street chalk artists and finally, during the 2012 Olympics, Jiménez appeared in a popular beer commercial.
It was the commercial, in which Jiménez is seen painting with chalk, that helped his parents and family members understand that his art was more than just a hobby.
“The tables turned when I was on that commercial for 10 seconds, ” Jiménez said. “I remember my parents getting phone calls and telling people ‘ese es mi hijo!’”
Jiménez is known for painting elaborate cars, fantasy worlds and 3-dimensional sceneries. This weekend, Jiménez is one of the fourteen renowned artists from eight countries that will be participating in the “DO AC 3D Chalk Art Festival, ” an open-air museum of 3D chalk paintings in Atlantic City. During the festival he will be painting a 1932 Delahaye, French classical car surrounded by a tribal village.
“I like to take the beauty of different cultures and put them together in a fantasy world, ” he said. “I think it’s very important to find the beauty of what every culture offers.”
But the 39-year-old artist said the best part of his art is when he is able to inspire others to pursue art and follow their dreams.
ORIGINAL 24X30" ACRYLIC ON CANVAS STREET THEME "NO PARKING" PAINTED AND SIGNED BY ARTIST JIM KEENE
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