Jose A. Espinoza is a multi-disciplinary artist working in illustration, painting, sculpture and photography. Born in Mexico, Jose is an immigrant to the United States. He began drawing after becoming fascinated with Japanese and American cartoons at an early age.
Borrowing from the traditions of animation and comic books, Jose uses bright colors and simplified forms in illustrated paintings to critique political abuse and the treatment of undocumented immigrants.
Jose draws from his ancestry researching images from Pre-Columbian historical artifacts and repurposing traditional ancient Mesoamerican motifs in a modern context.
Espinoza has collaborated with professional comedians, musicians and comic book authors. Early in his career, his illustrations were published as comic book covers, retail merchandise and his photographs have recently been used as promotional materials.
In late 2019, Jose participated in the PRAXIS City ArtS Parks program, developed to help elementary school-age children from underserved inner-city communities learn the principles and elements of art. In 2020, Jose participated in a statewide research competition in California and won first place in the category of Creative Art and Design.