Growing up in Pereira, Colombia in the 1980’s and 90’s, during the height of the country’s drug war, was formative for Jaime. His artistic talent had been clear to his whole family since he could first pick up a pencil. Jaime leaned heavily on his art and creativity to survive during difficult high school years, when his hometown was experiencing crime and violence.

When it was time to go to college, he wanted to pursue his passion for drawing and painting. But coming from a small city and with an economy in shambles, there were few opportunities for fine artists. Instead, Jaime graduated from Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in graphic design and went on to successfully work for major advertising companies in print design.

Since then, his parents and his brother immigrated to the Bay Area, which in turn drew Jaime here to start a new life close to family. This has finally given him the time and flexibility to go back to his passion for art, focusing on mastering traditional techniques.

Now he is rediscovering his passion for art and craftsmanship as a student at GGA. “I deeply admire the absolute dedication to high quality craftsmanship and composition in figurative and classical realism. When I see such quality in a painting or drawing, it moves me emotionally unlike any other form of expression. As an artist, I want to achieve this level of quality, and explore its uses to better communicate through my art.”

GGA is helping Jaime achieve this goal through its structured program and its high standards. “I am so grateful to be a part of the Atelier and learn from such exceptional teachers and artists. I knew as soon as I arrived here that this was the place for me.”