Manuel Jaén is a visual artist specialised in Graphic Design, he’s currently working as a professor in graphic design in the Universidad de Artes Ganexa, Panama City, Panama, and he came to ´ace to develop a micro-Residency.
For me, art is a revelation: it deciphers me, captivates me and above all, it teaches me.
My work is a search for new archetypes that are always proposed in their own context. That is why it unfolds through simplicity and rhythmic transcendence. New media is also part of this quest within cultural language. In my opinion, the points of reference of art in its conception are developed from the sum of cultural baggage, but the most important in this process is the recognition of art as a way to transmit of knowledge. The use of a language is significant because the signs evoke a meaning or define a perception but they do not always reveal the content and in addition many respond to visual preconceptions; others are products of pure perception, because we are the architects of the meaning of what we see or want to see. The essence of figuration is for me, in part, product of a mental pattern. The interpretation of visual signs is in some way the codification of said pattern.
1962 | Panamá City, Panamá
2012 | Masters in high education, ISAE, Panamá
1998 | Bachelor in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milán, Italy
1996 | Technical Diploma in Publicity, Ateneo Artístico 3A, Milán, Italy
2015 | Perfiles, Casa Góngora. Panamá, Casco Antiguo
2014 | Mis Paraje Cognitivos, Casa Góngora. Panamá, Casco Antiguo
1990 | Logos, Internacional Beatrice d’Este, Milano. Sessia, Italia
1990 | Amazzonia, Galleria Gothic. Como, Italy