Jeff Soto– painter/visual artist
Brief Bio: Became interested in graffiti and painting on canvases in High School. In his art work there is graffiti attributes. Started graffiti in 1989 and adpated his style through the experience of street art.
He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 2002. His paintings and installations are throughout the U.S. and internationally shown in galleries. Commercial clients include Sony Music, Spin Magazine, and Morrow Snowboards. He lives off of his art work.
Location: Riverside CA
“Inspired by childhood toys, the colorful lifestyle of skateboarding and graffiti, hip-hop and popular culture”-Jeff Soto
Star Wars & Robotech
Environmental Issues Ex: most of his works revolve around robotic creatures and nature. Symbolic for technology vs. nature or human vs nature. His works are political in nature.
“I like to combine beauty with destruction.”- Jeff Soto
“I like that conflict of depression and hope” -Jeff Soto
Rituals Before Creating Work:
Goes on walks & looks at nature
Used to paint from his dreams
Paints everyday and builds from past projects
Listens to Music:
His best work comes from 11pm to 5am
“Gives images of fears, nostalgia of his youth, themes of love, lust, and hope.”-Jeff Soto
“I prefer to work in a free form style. I usually work from a very, very rough sketch or idea and then dive in and see what happens. Sometimes there is no sketch at all and I just feel my way through the piece.”-Jeff Soto“I guess my style has evolved to include all the types of techniques I enjoy- collage, mark making, drawing, stenciling, being messy and rendering things very tight with acrylics. I’m actually creating similar imagery to what I was doing 5 years ago, only my process and consequently my style has changed. I’m really into creating chaos and then redefining that chaos until I feel the piece is done. I’m really into layering and repainting areas until it looks right.”-Jeff Soto
Some Common themes in his work are Plants (Cactus), Robots, and in most of his works he uses primary and secondary colors on the color wheel.
Uses Acrylic on Wood Panel for most of his paintings.
Involved in the Pop-Surrealism movement
Some more paintings!!! (Found these on another blog)
Recent works Fall of 2009:
His store : Potato Stamp
His Website: Jeff Soto
His Blog: Jeff Soto Art