Biography: Jonathan Brooks is an award winning Photographer/Visual Artist, whose work has been exhibited in Miami, New York City, Amsterdam, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
He is currently one of the 2017 Artists In Residency at the Deering Estate at Cutler.
His work has been used as decor in a Twentieth Century Fox film starring Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron, was featured on the CW Network’s The Vampire Diaries, and part of an Emmy nominated 50th Anniversary video celebrating National Endowment For The Arts.
In 2014, he was awarded Photo Of The Year at the inaugural Miami Photo Salon Festival during Miami’s prestigious Art Week. The same week, his work was featured on the popular German TV show ‘Nur die Liebe zählt.’
In 2013, he was featured on one of the biggest billboards in Time Square, and was a Top Ten Finalist in Digital Photo Pro and HD Video Pro Magazine’s 7th Annual Emerging Pro Still and Motion Competition, where he finished his first short film 5 SKULLS.
– Meet Me In Miami – At Home With Art – Miami Home & Remodeling Show (Ambassador Artist) – Miami Beach, FL 2016
– Exposure – The Louvre Museum – Paris, France 2015
– Miami Photo Salon Festival – Downtown Miami, FL 2014
– Art Takes Time Square – Times Square NYC – New York, NY 2014
– Acquiro 2 – Cuban American Phototheque Foundation – Miami, FL 2014
Do you make a career out of or hope to make a career out of art, or is it a sideline for you?
At the moment… all of the above.
What is it about your work that makes it speak to people or to the community at large?
I think my work is universal and speaks to all of us in general because we are all on a journey.
How do you let people know about your work and your shows?
Ads, postcards, social media.
What do you feel inspires you to make art in the particular medium you have chosen?
After taking two and a half years of Architecture, drawing was ruined for me, so switched to photography as my way of drawing or painting.
Because I was born here and am a rare native.
Do you have a favorite artist from the past or present?
I am deeply influenced by my film and photography idols- Alfred Hitchcock and Herb Ritts. Both for their Black & White, Hitchcock for his horror and suspense, and Ritts for his incomparable portraits.
If someone wanted to get into being an artist, what would be your first suggestion to them?
Be prepared for a long journey, a lot of rejection, and don’t give up ever.
Testimonial: Annette and James gave me an opportunity in 2014 to be part of Soul of Miami presents River of Art, a Life is Art event at Porcao Grill, Brickell and I have been an avid fan and eternally grateful since. I applaud their determination and what they do for our Miami Art scene.
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