Lowbrow – Jeff Soto
Jeff Soto Beginnings
Jeff Soto was born in Fullerton, California in 1975. He currently resides in Riverside, California.
Soto states that he got interested in art as a sophomore in high school. At the time he was painting graffiti on walls and on canvas. This went on for some time, but after graduating from high-school he stopped painting on walls entirely and began painting exclusively on canvas. Even so he has never considered himself a “street-artist.”
In 2002, Soto graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In 2008, his work was the subject of an exhibition at Riverside Art Museum. Soto has lived exclusively in Southern California. He is married with two daughters.
Soto has had solo exhibitions in at Jonathan Levine Gallery (“Lifecycle” 2010) New York, NY, Stolenspace, London (“The Inland Empire” 2009) England, Riverside Art Museum (“Turning in Circles” 2008) Riverside California, Jonathan Levine Galleries (“Storm Clouds” 2007 & “Supernova” 2006) New York, NY, and BLK/MRKT (“Cold Ice Age” 2006) Culver City, California.
Inspiration and Technique
In the past Soto would “clear his mind” by taking a walk and observing nature. He also states that dreams have inspired some of his works. Though Soto states that he’s had many inspirations the artist he was most impressed with in his youth was Vincent Van Gogh.
Soto often paints on old wooden planks or other recyclable material. He states that this is not always for the sake of recycling, but sometimes because the character of the piece inspires him to paint on it. He also paints on canvas, sometimes sketching out a subject in graphite before turning to oil and brush to finish the work.
Illustration Commissioned Works
Soto does illustration along with works for shows. As of this writing his implication is that about half his time is spent doing commercial illustation.
In 2009 he did two pieces for United Airlines. He has also done some commissioned work for Popular Science.