Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrating Coastal Florida and Spain's Influence at Ocean Art Gallery



FLAGLER BEACH, FL – On Friday, July 3rd, 6 – 9 PM, Daytona Beach artist Paulo Jimenez will open his one-person show “Harmony in the Forgotten Garden” at Ocean Art Gallery, 200 S. A1A, Flagler Beach, across from the historic Flagler Beach Pier. The show will extend through July 31st and it is free to the public.

Paulo Jimenez’s artistic journey involved thousands of miles over two continents. Born in Costa Rica and raised in Chile, where he developed his love of nature and art, Paulo later moved to Florida where he created murals and decorative images for private residences and institutions. He traveled to New York and Connecticut to study with private tutors and earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Hartford School of Art. His oil paintings won acclaim in numerous art shows and festivals, and were featured on the TV program “The View” with Barbara Walters.

Seeking an environment where he could practice his plein air painting style throughout the year, Paulo returned to Florida and settled in coastal Daytona Beach with his wife and two children where he has access to the ocean, beaches, rivers, and springs. Paulo describes his style as, “I spend countless hours observing, matching shapes and tones which allows me to tell a story, my story.” His oil paintings are a reflection of what it is to dwell in Florida, a land of natural abundance and color.

He wants to celebrate the diversity in the cultural arts and pay a special tribute to the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine, the oldest city in America, and its rich multicultural history. Because of his strong figurative paintings, Paulo has just been selected from more than 2400 artists to participate in the prestigious 8th Salon “Figuratives 2015” at the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, this September.

MEAM has as one of its goals the promotion of figurative art around the world. Paulo’s inclusion in this international juried event is clear evidence of his artistic talent and recognition by his peers.

Paulo will demonstrate his painting style and happily discuss his art with interested guests. In addition to free refreshments, entertainment will be provided by a classical guitarist. Everyone is invited to meet Paulo and view his stunning artwork. Flagler Beach’s First Friday “Music in the Park” also will be in session right around the corner and there are over 12 restaurants within five blocks of the gallery.

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