Benjamin Zephaniah - Poet, writer, lyricist and musician.
"Julio is a cool cat. I became aware of his work when I used one of his paintings as the poster image for an exhibition I was curating on the Southbank. It was the stand out piece of the exhibition. His work is vibrant, intelligent, relevant, and quirky. I love his work. Welcome to his world."
HOW HE DISCOVERED HIS PAINTING TALENT
In March 2012 following an altercation with a night club doorman in central London, he ended up in prison for retaliating to being assaulted. He ended up serving two and a half years of a five year sentence . He took up painting as a form of escapism from the tedious regime of prison life and used the medium as a way to mentally, leave the compounds of the 12x 6 feet cell, by submerging himself into his art.
Painting became his passion and his new story-telling medium when he had no access to a camera.
JulioCesartist’s journey from prison to becoming a painter.
"Those works created in prison presents a visual diary of paintings, that communicates his oppressed world behind prison walls and his determination to break down barriers to discover inner freedom and hopes for a new future. His resilience leads him to his eventual release from prison. The artist's journey from prison to redemption inspires a massive and growing audience."
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Prior to his release he won several awards from The Kostler Trust, an organization that helps and exhibits works by people that are detained in institutions and help them to focus and encourage them in developing their work, ultimately awarding several individuals a mentoring scholarship financed by sponsors once they are released in the community to develop their work further and ultimately becoming artists and breaking the stigma attached to any one that has been in the system.
He has now been free for over three years and has had several solo exhibitions as well as being featured in a number of group exhibitions in London.
Painting has become his prefered medium since his release and with great mentor in that very hard time after his release became aware of his strengths on his use of colours and love for animals and uses those in his creations and part of his unique style.
For enquiries about the works or to discuss a commission contact the artist.