Size: 30"W x 30"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
Jose's work is very unique as he use and works in all mediums. He loves the use of color, line and design. He uses these elements to create one of kind and unique works of art that are full of warmth and strength. The power in the line and in the strokes of the brush brings out the muscle in colors and create compositions that are full of dynamics and depth. Some of his work are like small gems and some of his works are large enough to suck you in artistically and make you dream of all the wonders in the world of art.
My name is Jose Manuel Cruz. I am a Vango artist. Thank you for visiting my portfolio. Jose Manuel Cruz was born on April 13, 1966 in Newark, NJ to his parents Gladys and Armando Cruz. Gladys is from Cartegena, Colombia and Armando is from Isabella, Puerto Rico. Jose has five siblings, five brothers and one sister. Jesus, James, David, Barbara and Fernando. His is married to Dawn Lyerly Cruz and has two beautiful daughters, Ariana and Alana. Jose attended the Newark Public School System and attended Burnet Street School and Arts High School. He graduated Cumma Sum Laude in 1996 with a BA in Fine Arts and went on to receive his teaching license in Art Education. Jose has been in teaching in the NJ and NC public school systems for over 25 years. Jose continues to explore his art aspirations to exhibit around the world and continues to be an advocate for all the arts and education. Jose Manuel Cruz is unique and dynamic Visual Artist, Photographer and Art Educator. Jose has become a very prominent artist in every community he has lived in and continues to be a leader and advocate for the arts. As an artist he has exhibited in NY, NJ, NC, Puerto Rico and will have one of his solo shows this coming July in his native town of Newark, NJ at the infamous WBGO Jazz88 Art Gallery and will also have 3 pieces exhibition at the Anacostia Community Museum which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Jose is a Latino artist from a Puerto Rican/Colombian culture and you can definitely see the influences in his personal work. Being a versatile artist in many mediums has given Jose the opportunity to do work as an artist and photographer for several celebrities such as Wendy Williams, Toni Braxton, Trina Braxton, Paul Anthony George, Grace Jones, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, Corrine Bailey Rea, Blair Underwood, others and the Carma Foundation with Melky Jean. In 2000 Jose was selected as one of the artist for the New York/New Jersey Cow Parade, which included in NY Romero Britto, Peter Max, LeRoy Neiman and many others. In 2008 Jose was hired by to do a 10ft x 12ft pastel painting of Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution during Comic Con New York. Jose has also done a residence and exhibited at the Newark Museum, Morristown Museum, and the North Carolina Central Art Museum. As you will see at the Model Mayhem link above Jose has a passion for photography. He loves creating and making his models feel great about their work by capturing not only their natural beauty but what shines on the outside from within. Jose is very meticulous when it comes to putting out quality work because his name and reputation is on the final image and print. Jose believes that he can make a difference in the art world through whatever media he takes on.