Beauties and Beasties: The Art of Jhoneil - Jhoneil


Jhoneil Centeno is a Los Angeles based artist. A graduate of the renowned Art Center College of Design, he primarily works in digital media but recently found a new enthusiasm in working with oil paint again. His paintings have been featured in numerous books, galleries, and websites. In his spare time, he plays the ukulele badly, takes pictures of random things, and explores LA's diverse food culture. He loves all things archery, specially the Asian variety and can hit an apple consistently at 20 yards using a traditional recurve bow.
"My work explores the relationship between the body and romance tourism.
With influences as diverse as Rousseau and Sriracha Marconi, new combinations are created from both traditional and modern textures.
Ever since I was a student I have been fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of the mind. What starts out as triumph soon becomes manipulated into a carnival of lust, leaving only a sense of dread and the dawn of a new synthesis.
As shimmering derivatives become transformed through studious and diverse practice, the viewer is left with a testament to the possibilities of our world."
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"Flight and Roses"

I saw a friend of mine standing on her toes, and it seemed to me like she was floating. I like the idea of painting someone flying or floating, since I don't have to follow the laws of gravity as much. Originally, the painting only had the floating woman above a landscape, but, composition-wise it was not working. The roses were added after chatting with a friend about love, relationships and freedom. Not only was it a perfect solution to a bland composition, but it also added depth and meaning to the image.