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 to understand what exists inside and beyond our experiences. As a youth I was aware of a veil that exists between each point of our continuance and existence like a smoke we are all fighting to see through as our eyes begin to water. These distortions come from many sources such as subconscious, memory, dream, and environment.
My past has opened my eyes wide to a full spectrum of our personal and social existence and the possibilities that lie inside or beyond them. Witnessing the most beautiful people struggle with the disease of addiction, social or health issues, and others around me struggle with subconscious and mental health issues that rippled outward effecting others around them. This includes my own battles with derealization blurring inner and outer lines between my subconscious, memory, reality and dream paralleled with abuse in the household. The social complexities presented in my environment created an obsession with internal and external relations. My work is about exploring
complex perspectives that coexist and collide in our lives and our capacity for either positivity or negativity. These strifes and distortions connect viscerally to humanities underlying search for euphoria, salvation, peace and solace.
I explore or challenge the human experience with painting/drawing, photography, video, and installation connecting each media to the variant ways we experience time, internal and external life. Painting/drawing as a nonlinear experience of time like a shaken container that the start or finish is undetermined capturing our experience of subconscious, memory and dream. Photography and video are similar forms one a momentary slice of time, the other a fuller linear experience of momentary time. Lastly installation as a present experience of time and consciousness.
I extract reference/inspiration from found or taken photography/video, personal experience, environment, dreams, memories, and invention. I distill or obscure my connection to the reference leaving the work as a neutral vessel for viewers subconscious to viscerally experience the work reflecting their positive or negative relation to the subject. This brings to the surface their thoughts and feelings as well as intermingling with my own during the creation process—allowing myself and the viewer to question our private and public relations.