I was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970. My passion for photography began while attending Social Communication College at UFF in 1988, I continued my studies at the New York Institute of Photography, graduating in 2014. I ended up pursuing a career as an Art Director and Creative Director for major advertising agencies like ALMAP/BBDO, Publicis and Giacometti. Among other accomplishments, I have won several awards including Cannes Tribute and have had several campaigns published in the prestigious German Design Magazine, Lürzer’s Archive. All my art works are at www.joaosan.com.
Jan-Ken-Pon (Artist Statement).
I am a storyteller. And JAN-KEN-PON is a story of this series of images inspired by the universal children’s game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” where outcomes are determined entirely by chance, luck or fate. These “PhotoSculptures” approach the game from a different perspective, freezing the rock, paper and scissors in time, and giving viewers the choice to either ignore or follow the rules. they are invited to participate in the story and decide the fate of the rock, paper and scissors. For these brief instants, fate is in our hands. Or maybe not.
02/2015 – “Sala de Embarque” – Rio de Janeiro
03/2015 – “How do you do New York?” – New York
07/2015 – “Panor’Almas” – La Vitrine A.M – Paris
08/2015 – “Fusion XII – Infused” – Art Fusion Galleries – Miami
12/2015 – “Art Basel Miami Beach” (Satellite) – Art Fusion Galleries – Miami
02/2016 – “Ressonâncias” – Rio de Janeiro
09/2016 – “Zone Brésil(s)” – igreja Notre Dame de Quilly – Normandia
09/2016 – “Open Art Code” – Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Awards and Mentions
2016 Best Guest Artist – AJAC exhibition – Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Magnum Photography Awards 2016 – Top-rated entries
LensCulture Emergent Talent Awards 2015 – Highly-rated entries
One Eyeland 2015 – Fine Art Bronze Awards