Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment through Art: The Metanarratives of Jônatas Chimen

Presentation by Jônatas Chimen

Date & Time:

Thursday, April 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:00 noon


free and open to the public


Iversen Hearth Room (room 340), Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN

Art Installation:

Jônatas' art installation In Thy Tent I Dwell, a 10’ x 10’ structure, will be set-up for public viewing in create[space] near the south entrance on the first floor of the Anderson Student Center. Viewing times are 4pm-midnight on April 25; 7am-midnight on April 26; and 7am-3pm on April 27.

Jônatas Chimen

Jônatas Chimen

In this presentation, Brazilian-American artist Jônatas Chimen will bring to light the importance of allegory, folklore, and myth as catalysts for growth and enlightenment through art. He will discuss how, in his painting, performance, and film, he constructs visual narratives that explore human displacement, hybridization, adaptation, memory, and identity.

Food: refreshments and cookies provided; please bring your own lunch

Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon, or simply "Jônatas" (b.1981), is a Brazilian-American Symbolist artist, author, and academic. His work explores personal and collective identity amidst a complicated and ever-changing cultural landscape. The artist's exploration of identity is often drawn from his own family history of migration, adaptation, and hybridization. ​Jonatas' art is process-based, ranging in technique from traditional Spanish Realism to contemporary approaches in 2D, 3D, and Time-Based formats. Jonatas often makes use of pastiches of immigration documents, DNA exams, Inquisitional archives, and personal diaries. Overall, his message of embracing one's cultural identity and disclosing personal beliefs is a recurring theme. For the past 17 years Jonatas has been featured at numerous biennales, museums, art galleries, and auctions, such as The Jerusalem Biennale, The MONA Biennale, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Basel Art Week, and Artexpo New York. In 2015, Jonatas Chimen was awarded the title of Artist of the Year by the Anti-Defamation League for his art series titled The Journey. Jonatas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies from The University of Madison-Wisconsin, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. 

This program is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the Sacred Arts Festival at the University of St. Thomas, and Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.

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