Baby Jesus 2, 16″x20″, Oil on Canvas, 2019

Coming from a low-income latinx background, options seemed limited. Through hardships, education, and love for humanity, I was able to grow as an artist, activist, and teacher. My art is symbolic of my perception of the world around me and draws a connection between shifting through cultures as an Afro-Puerto Rican American. While predominantly being a painter, my practice has included various means of creating by using both found materials as well as the exploration of various mediums as a way of discovering new possibilities.

“Jesus Pizarro’s poignant multi-media work depicts his family and friends and incorporates personal momentos to illustrate these uncertain times.” (MassArt x Sowa)

Jesus Pizarro attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston from 2013-2018, where he majored in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology. There, he began his official journey as an artist, graduating with a B.A. in Art with Cum Laude honors. Following UMass Boston, Pizarro pursued a graduate degree from Boston College as a Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar, where he earned an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction (1-6), in 2019. Most recently Pizarro graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May 2021. There he had the opportunity to be part of the Graduate Thesis show at MassArt x Sowa, as well as interview on an episode of Open Studio with Jarred Bowen.

Currently, Pizarro works in Boston Public Schools.