Oct. 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – Oct. 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
About the Artist
A strong advocate for youth empowerment and the power of positive reinforcement, Jake grew up being told he didn’t matter. As a youth, he was placed in special education classes due to undiagnosed dyslexia. He became involved in gang culture as early as middle school. Thanks to positive role models later in life he began to turn things around and became heavily involved in the Chicano Movement and student organizations like MEChA.
Jake is the owner/co-director of the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery on the West Seattle and White Center border. He also exhibits his art and lectures across the country.
Jake’s work is an amalgamation of his life experiences. It represents his Chicano background; his life lived back and forth from Los Angeles and Seattle, it represents love and heartbreak, oppression and resilience, laughter and tears. It’s as if he took all his life experiences, put them in a blender, and poured them out onto the canvas. His oil paintings and digital artwork are created with a specific focus on themes relating to Chicanx and Indigenous culture, social justice, pop culture, and satire.
Changarrito Cart October 14-15
Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale.
Jake Prendez was at the Mexic-Arte Museum featuring his artwork on the Changarrito cart right outside the Museum’s entrance on October 14-15, 2017.