The stunning paintings of San Luis Valley artist Randy Pijoan have their roots in Northern New Mexico and Central Colorado, starting twenty-five years ago. Just recently his artwork and home have come full circle in a journey of mind, body and spirit at the turn of this 21st Century.
His City Nightscapes have gained national attention and recognition, designating him as the “premier nightscape painter in the United States”. From these images, painted primarily in Chicago, came the dayscape Gouache paintings of Chicago, Portland and other cities. Pijoan has also gained notoriety for his landscapes of scenic and culturally rich Northern New Mexico and Colorado.
More recently Pijoan has founded a new genre of painting that captures the social interactions of people’s hectic lives at the turn of the 21st Century in his “Phrasist Movement”. After crafting the “Phrasist Manifesto” which defines this genre, Pijoan began the first national traveling show in 2001, inviting other artists, poets and writers selected for their cutting edge work in and around Phrasist design movement.
Pijoan’s works have been published, reviewed and documented in national magazines such as: American Artist Magazine, Artist Magazine, Art & Antiques Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and recently in the November 2008 issue of American Art Collector Magazine.
Pijoan has written a personal account of his own life and death experience for the new non-fiction book title “The Creative Epiphany, Gifted Minds, Grand Realizations” by Jo Ann Brown-Scott, which was published in September of 2008.
Randy suffered a near death experience several years ago. After his recovery, he took a position teaching art at a local school. Their dire situation hit him right between the eyes. There was no money for art supplies. Students had no hope of perfecting their skills or learning that art could be a life’s work. Randy was determined to give back to this community the best way he knew how - through the arts! Why not a place for artists to learn and create, share ideas and be part of the artistic fabric that is this community? After five long years of cajoling community leaders and knocking on doors, his vision was realized. Ventero Open Press Fine Art opened with a big bang, April of 2007. Ventero Open Press Fine Art is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving back to the next generation by providing education, scholarships, art supplies and exhibition opportunities for both emerging and established artists. To learn more about Ventero Open Press, you can visit their website at http://www.ventero.org