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PORTFOLIO JONATAS CHIMEN DIAS DASILVA-BENAYON JÔNATAS CHIMEN THE DIASPORA ART COLLECTIONS


In Thy Tent I Dwell

IN THY Work TENT I #1 DWELL 3D Installation

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IN THY TENT I DWELL In Thy Tent I Dwell is a mixed-media installation debuted at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in the spring of 2016. This artwork reveals a 500-year history of migration and forced religious conversions of the artist’s family. Foregoing a linear narrative and the certainty often ascribed to photographs and official documents, Jônatas Chimen has instead produced a multi-sensory experience of “nostalgia”. The artist partially accomplishes this experience through the photo transferring of family photographs, birth certificates, and immigration documents onto the outside of a tent-like structure. Interspersed amongst these are fragments of testimonials that Chimen has hand-written. In addition, sounds–voice prayers, rabbinical chanting, Spanish and Portuguese folk music, and those found in the domestic sphere – emanate from the structure’s interior, as do faint smells of spices – a nod to its role in trade and thereby migration. The tears in the canvas allow for a partial glimpse of the inside – perhaps a metaphor for the secrecy connected to cryptoJudaism that Chimen’s family was forced to adopt as far back as the Spanish Inquisition of the fifteenth century. The following pages show different angles of In Thy Tent I Dwell ( Work #1)

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A PAINTER AND A BALLERINA Work #2 and #3 Action Painting Performances

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A PAINTER AND A BALLERINA

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A PAINTER AND A BALLERINA In A Painter and a Ballerina, Jonatas Chimen engages with Miami City Ballet's Samantha Hope in an unscripted collaboration. In this work the artist studies the classical ballerina's every move as she delivers a free-style choreography. When the dancer takes brief pauses, Jonatas Chimen attempts to capture her pose, movement, and even her perceived emotions through a series of brushstrokes on the canvas behind. Although these paintings (Part I & II) and their video documentation (an important part of this artwork) are about a painter’s pursue of movement, conceptually speaking this series is about adapting to life's unforeseen situations. This is shown as artist Jonatas Chimen pursues Samantha Hope with brushes, paints, charcoals, and several other mark-making tools at hand, until they both succumb to exhaustion. Interestingly enough, it is this attempt to anticipate the happenstances of life what brings a puzzling dichotomy; for anxiety and fear (portrayed in part I) emanate from the same lack of certainty which is responsible for producing life's greatest pleasures, appeal, and beauty – as portrayed in the colorful part II of the artwork. Below you will find the video documentation which is central to the understanding of this series: https://youtu.be/k7ovIbcPq2g https://youtu.be/LO_P0P_RVMA

2016


A Painter and a Ballerina, Work #2 and Work #3, Mixed-Media (15ft x 7ft)

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THE DIASPORA CREATURE Work #4 Mixed-Media on Wood (This is to be viewed as a single grid-like Installation, and one narrative-based art piece)

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THE DIASPORA CREATURE

The Diaspora Creature series is Jonatas Chimen’s most introspective memoir-style chronicle about his compulsive migrant legacy. This series, highlighted at the 2015 Miami Art Week, speaks of the journey of the artist’s family’s history of continuous migration, religious persecutions, and highly impressive adaptive power. Using his own family’s archives, memories, and folklore, Jonatas Chimen offers a glimpse into his heritage of secrecy. This colorful installation portrays the strong mindset of hope over despair, life over destruction, and courage over fear. When looking at this collection, a well-known motto comes to mind; Dum spiro, spero – While I breath, I hope!

2014


THE DIASPORA CREATURE

Creature #1, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #2 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


THE DIASPORA CREATURE

Creature #3, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #4 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


THE DIASPORA CREATURE

Creature #5, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #6 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


THE DIASPORA CREATURE

Creature #7, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #8 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


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Creature #9, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #10 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


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Creature #11, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #12 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


THE DIASPORA CREATURE

Creature #13, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #14 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014

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THE DIASPORA CREATURE

Creature #15, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #16 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


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Creature #17, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #18 , 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


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Creature #19, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24”

Creature #20, 2014 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 16” x 24” 2014


I AM ETHEL Works #5, #6, #7, and #8 Mixed-Media on Canvas

2016


I AM ETHEL In I Am Ethel, Jonatas Chimen presents us with an accumulation of several of his phases, styles, and bodies of work. The artist does so by freely integrating his realism and abstract expressionism in a very provocative and effective way. Seemingly disturbing at first, his palette makes blatant references to the womb, and his tonality immediately acknowledges In Thy Tent I Dwell – Chimen's glowing tent museum installation. The radiant-crowns-turned-thorns contained in these paintings are an additional commentary on the conflicting relationship between independent-thought and religious/social extremism, serving as yet another reference to the Inquisition in his artistic repertoire. As for the blank cutout-shapes, Chimen brings to mind the idea of possibilities, and of dealing with unresolved pathways. Different from Manet's blank canvas moments of blind spots, Jonatas Chimen is challenging and confronting the viewer with the “could haves,” “should haves,” and “might haves,” of life. This is how the artist helps bring forth history, all while making one ponder, wonder, and question their future imaginaries. The construct of the Locus Amoenus is also highly present here, as the artist makes reference to an idealized place amidst nature, with connotations of an Elysium free from constraints belonging to the social order.

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I AM ETHEL

I Am Ethel I, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 48” x 48”

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I Am Ethel II, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 24” x 36”

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I Am Ethel III, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 60” x 36” 2016


I Am Ethel IV, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 24” x 36” 2016


The Crushed Collection

THE CRUSHED COLLECTION

Works #9, #10, #11, and #12 Mixed-Media

Crushed Charcoal, Documents, and Thread on Canvas

2016


THE CRUSHED COLLECTION The Crushed Art Collection speaks about the human journey of continuous resilience against life's astounding challenges, done in a style akin to a Pop Art language. The collection is a strong commentary on the human power to create a better future, mainly through hope, faith, and selfbelief. This commentary is applied amidst the context of an ever-changing world, where family and individual life are constantly disturbed by the threat of war, imminent danger, forced migrations, and economic distress. As a symbolist artist, Chimen looks at the reason for the use of each material. Instead of simply employing paint on canvas as an impulse, Chimen questions the meaning of each medium. For instance; to speak about modern humans as strong descendants of a long line of survivors through time and space, Chimen uses crushed charcoal as an allusion to an old, burdened, and yet thriving family tree; to speak about the wish to unify and link pieces of our scattered lives, Chimen uses thread to stitch and sow different elements onto his canvases. The cityscape is a common element in his paintings, as the metropolis is where most of the world's migrants have journeyed to since the Industrial Revolution. Balloon-like unidentified flying objects also hover over his cities, as a commentary on the alienated or unconstrained ways of modern life. And lastly, the use of lexicon is a symbol of the driving-force that ultimately leads individuals towards successful, happy, and fulfilled lives in our complex day and age.

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THE CRUSHED COLLECTION

Because You Can, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 44” x 72”

2016


THE CRUSHED COLLECTION

I came To Win - Whatever It Takes, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 48” x 48” 2016


THE CRUSHED COLLECTION

Create The Future, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 36” 2016


THE CRUSHED COLLECTION

Dream Big, 2016 Mixed Media on Canvas, 60” x 36”

2016


THE EXILE ARCHETYPES Work #13 Cast Metal Installation


THE EXILE ARCHETYPES

The Exile Archetypes Series is a cast aluminum installation, which features annihilation through assimilation and hybridization. Here, the portrayal of technology is a symbol of constant outside interference throughout modern existence. Although this piece seems to provide a dark outlook on humanity’s future, the artist suggestion a positive view through his narrative; as the final piece affirms, redemption is indeed possible as long as one is willing to embark on a challenging journey of self-repair.


THE EXILE ARCHETYPES


THE EXILE ARCHETYPES


THE EXILE ARCHETYPES


THE JOURNEY Work #14 Oil on Canvas

(This is to be viewed as a single artwork, much like a book, which follows the development of one narrative)


THE JOURNEY COLLECTION

In 2015 The Anti-Defamation League chose Jônatas Chimen as Artist of the Year, resulting in the creation of the Journey Art Series. Chimen’s artistic discourse resonated with that of the ADL, as the organization has strongly defended the mission to secure justice and fair treatment for all since 1913.


THE JOURNEY

It is dark, Where I am. , 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 4” x 4”

Near, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 10” x 10”

Thread of Hope, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 16” x 16”


THE JOURNEY

Lead the Way, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 24” x 24”


THE JOURNEY

And My Body, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

As I am held by the scarlet and bound to this gold…, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

I fall Out of Boundaries, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

And I Stand Humbly, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

In My Place of Refuge, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

Hiding No More, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

As I Shine Brightly, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

Through his Glow I Now Rest, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

As I Toast to Redemption, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

For the Waters That Cleanse Me, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

For the Sustenance That Nourishes Me, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

Held by Lights, Bound to Glow, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 36” x 36”


THE JOURNEY

The Beginning So Near, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 24” x 24”


THE JOURNEY

Away, 2015 Oil on Canvas, 16” x 16”

Source, 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 10” x 10”

Where I am, It is light. , 2015 Oil & Acrylics on Canvas, 4” x 4”


Action Painting and Drawing Performances

Works #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20

2016


#15: https://youtu.be/ZQXeaIyIgTE #16: https://youtu.be/RvKmPPBysLM #17: https://youtu.be/6ZmIX8DnQ1A #18: https://youtu.be/k7ovIbcPq2g #19: https://youtu.be/LO_P0P_RVMA #20: https://youtu.be/RJPznj4qDSA


Jonatas (20 original works)