J. A. Vazquez-F. was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1970. He graduated with a BFA as a filmmaker, and afterwards worked as a creative Director for advertising agencies in his country for brands such a CocaCola, Chrysler, jeep, Domino’s pizza, BBVA, Fiat, Polar Beer, Brahma… among others. In 1995 he started painting and in 1997 he left everything behind and moved Cuba to paint. He then received a scholarship at the New York Studio School 1998 where he worked for more than 3 years learning directly from artist like Wayne Thiebaud, Mercedes Matter, G. Nickson, etc. In 2001 he moved to England to study at the Slade School of painting at The University College of London under the tutelage of Jenny Saville.
In 2002 he returned to Venezuela and participated first hand in the coup d’état to President Hugo Chavez. This extreme event opened a new dimension in his work where collage took the leading role. From political themes to the most utterly POP images, Vazquez-Figueroa, has encountered a way of unifying almost anything under a precise collage and a drawing technique that seems to sew the whole into place. He has had many solo shows and has participated in many collective shows and relevant art fairs around the world. His work can be seen at the Molaa Museum in California, and relevant collections in South America. J.A. lives and works in Miami.