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Born on the Day of the Dead in Houston, Texas, Jacob Medina is an artist of Mexican descent living on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

After serving in the Army with stints to Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Germany he received his BA in Art in 2007 from the University of Hawai’i.

Jacob’s work can be described as Primitive Pop, where Mexican imagery meets Hawaiian legend. Icons from tiki to Day of the Dead themes mingle with pop culture into mythical scenarios.   His whimsical characters are placed into a variety of environments and each painting tells a unique  story that offers an escape to a faraway paradise.

 His work celebrates the idea of life after death revered through the Mexican holiday “El Dia de los Muertos”.  His paintings are cultural cocktails that portray the ever changing identity of people who come from a multitude of traditions and places.

He works primarily with acrylic paint and builds many layers to create form through light and shadow.  His figures are often enhanced with enamel paint to give them a distinct separation from the background, a technique commonly found in animation and comic book illustrations.  Once a painting is finished he builds a custom frame that often reflects the subject of the piece.


 

Exhibitions

Hawaii Nei 2016, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI, November-December 2016

Return of ‘Alala Statwide Juried Exhibit, Volcano Art Center, Volcano, HI, September -October, 2016

Hawaii National Parks 2016 Centennial Juried Exhibition, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, HI, August 30-November 6, 2016

Dia de los Muertos, The Exhibit Gallery, Hilo, Hi, November-December 2015

Hawaii Nei 2015, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI, November-December 2015

Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2015, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, HI, January-March 2015

The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI, June-September 2015

East Rift Art Show 2014, The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hilo, HI February-March

Recent Work 2013, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, HI July-August

Cycles of Life 2013, Donkey Mill Art Center, Kailua-Kona, HI, February-April 2013

Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2012, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, HI, January-March 2012

The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI, May-September 2012

Spring Arts Festival 2012, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, HI, April-May 2012

Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit 2011, Volcano Art Center, Volcano, HI, November-December 2011

Honolulu Printmakers 83rd Annual 2011, Academy Art Center, Honolulu, HI, February-March 2011

 Animal Friends Furred and Feathered 2010, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI, December-January 2010

 Abstract Only 3rd Biennial 2010, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI, August-September 2010

 Fall Art Festival 2009, East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, HI, November 2009

 Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2009, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, HI, January-March 2009 The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI, May-September 2009


 

 Awards

Honorable MentionReturn of ‘Alala Statwide Juried ExhibitVAC, Volcano, HI, 2016

Honorable Mention, Hawaii Nei, Wailoa Center, Hilo, 2015

People’s Choice AwardDia de los Muertos Art Exhibit, Volcano Art Center, 2011

Honorable MentionHilo in Our Hearts, Wailoa Center, 2009

Dean’s Exhibit GrantDean’s Exhibit, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 2007

Jurors’ Choice AwardStudent Art Show, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 2007

1st Place 2-D AwardAbstract Only, Wailoa Center, 2006

Juror’s Choice AwardBig Island Portrait Exhibition, East Hawaii Cultural Center, 2006