John Metido graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in oil painting in May 2015. John has also studied advanced drawing and painting at Vitruvian Fine Art Studio in Chicago. He received a Fellowship from the Luminarts Foundation in 2014 and a residency at the Ed Paschke Art Center in 2015. John currently resides in Chicago painting full time and working continually to further his career as an artist.
Creating things has become a way for me to understand what exists inside and beyond our experiences. As a youth struggling with derealization, blurring my internal and external world, I became aware of a veil that distorts our perceptions of self, others and society. The veil becomes a barrier between subconscious, consciousness, and connection. I challenge and explore these distortions from their many points of perception and sources.
My past has opened my eyes wide to a full spectrum of our personal and social existence and the complexities that lie inside or beyond them. Witnessing the most beautiful people struggle with social issues, mental health, disease of addiction, and smeared perceptions. This includes my own past and present battles with my shadows attempting to consciously cage or destroy them in an effort at evolvement. My environment created an obsession with understanding internal and external conflicts and how these intertwine effecting our present, past and future. My work is about exploring our complex behaviors,
perspectives, and emotions that coexist and collide in our public or personal lives and our inherent capacity for change. These contradictions and distortions connect viscerally to humanities underlying search for euphoria, salvation, and peace as well as our capacity for chaos, fear, destruction and anger.
I utilize my academic and observational training in painting/drawing, photography, and sculpture as a foundation juxtaposing it with the chaotic nature of my unique method of sanding, smearing, scraping, layering or abstracting in some manner so that the images represented remove the precious stigma—charging them viscerally, socially, and physically. Choosing to present other works in a more traditional observational manner when paralleled amplifies both choices to either abstract or not. I want to explore where these ideas can grow in my current media choices of painting/drawing as well as expanding further to different media such as installation, performance, sound, and the different connotations of time and experience related to these diverse medias to expand conversations. Ultimately, reaching my goal of taking my work to a more expansive visceral scale to more directly impact/explore these social concepts in a more integral and provocative manner.
I extract reference and inspiration from found or taken photography/video, personal experience, environment, dream, memory, and invention. I remove my connection to the subjects used and recompose them in an open social context for viewers to question their public and private connections and perceptions while intermingling with my own during the creation process.