Event: Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Artist: José Ventura, Gibson, British Columbia
Stained glass painted with Reusche glass paint and fired; on metal stand
Born in El Salvador, Central America, José Ventura remembers enjoying drawing and painting since his early childhood. He graduated from art school and worked several years as a model maker in the National Museum of Anthropology in the capital city of San Salvador while pursuing his painting.
After studying, living, and exhibiting in Mexico, he emigrated to Canada in 1982, working as a designer, pursuing his painting and exploring different techniques in glass. He designed and executed various stained glass pieces for houses and churches (St. Andrews Wesley–in collaboration with Yves Trudeau–and Saint Philips Anglican Church).
Traveling both professionally and for pleasure, José has exhibited in different places in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Last year, he was invited to exhibit at the Foresight Gallery in Amman, Jordan. In Canada, he continues to explore painting, ceramic, and glass. He recently added large wooden sculptures of human figures to his portfolio. José is represented in Regina at the Assiniboia Art Gallery.