Contemporary art gallery at the intersection of science, art and humanity

Contemporary art gallery at the intersection of science, art and humanity

Contemporary art gallery at the intersection of science, art and humanityContemporary art gallery at the intersection of science, art and humanityContemporary art gallery at the intersection of science, art and humanity

Contemporary artist manifesto, education and exhibitions

Manifesto

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My work as a painter focuses in science, plants and tradition. After spending thirty years on scientific research in botanical medicine, I focused my energy on developing an artistic practice emphasizing the intersection of science, art and humanity. This art gallery reflect on some of my scientific ideas, intense interest in botany and overall optimistic approach to addressing questions of society. I create art combining freely physical paint and digital media technology. 


I have both an artistic and a scientific mind that never settles with an idea, style or media. My artistic approach uses a methodical scientific methodology in art creation.  As a contemporary artist the process emphasizes historical and biological observation, and research, followed by media experimentation. My thoughts and ideas flow from a time scale that may include traditions of my Mexican ancestors found in codices (prehispanic historical documents), scientific publications and world wide field trips. I don’t focus my art creation to be in agreement with history or an art movement or style. Merging ideas from art and science have allowed me to build new forms and spaces. My most recent Discoveries collection, currently exhibited, simultaneously in the USA and Mexico, is the best example of how the scientific and artistic creative vein are mixed. In this collection, I formulate a new and original artistic vision which is my characteristic signature.

Education

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I am  a full-time professional artist and founder of Ezra Bejar Art and Consulting. Also a member of the International Association of Art (IAA/IAIP), and a scientific advisory board member of the American Botanical Council. Educated both in art and in science. I held prior academic and corporate executive positions conducting scientific research in botanical medicine. As a Doctor in Pharmacology, my scientific work is to analyze the effects of plant substances found in remedies used by ancient cultures. A field called ethnopharmacology. My findings have been published in books, chapters, monographs and scientific articles available on the internet. 


I received a BS, and MS degrees in experimental biology at the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. After my scientific career, I enhanced my art by attending San Diego State, School of Art and Design and participated in independent studies on multimedia art with Mark Siprut and advanced painting studies with Colombian mulyidisciplinary artist, Carlos Castro Arias. To this date, I continue collaborating with SDSU art and science faculty.


Influencers 

Simon Hantaï

Alighiero Boetti

Mary Cassatt

Henri Rousseau

Jackson Pollock

Romare Bearden 

Piet Mondrian

Francisco Toledo

Rufino Tamayo 


Memberships

- International Association of Art (IAA/IAIP) 

- American Botanical Council (Scientific Advisory Member)

Exhibitions

Flower in the Sky, 2019, Acrylic Glass

Collective- Botánica Retórica, Three paintings to explain the  philosopher's stone. IME's art exhibition of 60 pieces of select binational (US-Mexico) artists. Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico City,  December 5, 2019. 

Collective, Ghosts in the Forest and Connecting East Village at C-Note, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2019.

Collective, Hints about Balche, Artbox Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 2019.

Solo, The Transformation of the Landscape, Casa de Oro SD County Public Library (CSDL), San Diego, CA 2019.

Solo, Los Descubrimientos, Arte en la Industria, Tijuana Innovadora, Baja California, Mexico, 2019

Solo, Discoveries: Ten Paintings out of a Test Tube, CSDL, San Diego, CA 2019

Collective, Hints about Balche, Artbox.Project, Zurich Artwalk, Zurich Switzerland, 2019

Collective, In a Grove and Other Collages at C-Note, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2018

Collective, The Player, San Diego State University (SDSU), San Diego, CA, 2018.

Collective, The Quest, SDSU, San Diego, CA, 2018.

Collective, Innate Impulse, Artbox Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 2018.

Collective, Underwater Forest, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2018

Collective, Dark Goya and Lured, SDSU, San Diego, CA 2018

Collective, Modernite, NY Artbox Project, New York, 2018.

Collective, Afflatus, Artbox Projects, Euroairport, Switzerland, 2017

Vote4Art Online, South View, Ideenmeisterei GMBH, Zug, Switzerland, 2017

Collective, Alegria, Artbox Gallery, Miami, FL, 2016.

Collective, Camellia, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA-NCRT), 2016.

Collective, Rain is Coming Down, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA-NRCT), 2016.

Artist of the Day, Saatchi Art, Santa Monica, 2016

Collective, Neoconstructivism from Mexico, Latin American Art Festival, San Diego, CA 2016.

Collective, Pliages at C- Note, San Diego Art Institute, 2015,

Solo, RetinART, Long Beach City Hall, Long Beach, CA, 2014,

Solo, Ocean and Signals in Long Beach, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, CA, 2014

Solo, Tapestries, Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, CA, 2014

Solo, RetinART, Green Bliss Cafe, Fullerton, CA, 2013