Jake Prendez was raised in Seattle but returned to California after receiving his Bachelor’s in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington to work on his Master’s in Chicana/o Studies from CSU Northridge. His Master’s thesis was entitled The Art of Rebellion: Social Justice and Chicano Visual Arts. He returned to Seattle in 2015
Jake is a strong advocate for youth empowerment and the power of positive reinforcement. He grew up being told he didn't matter. As a youth he was placed in special education classes due to undiagnosed dyslexia. He became involved in gang culture as early as middle school. Thanks to positive role models later in life he began to turn things around and became heavily involved the Chicano Movement and student organizations like MEChA.
At 32, Instead of letting his disability hold him back, he decided to focus his energy and time on his gifts and talents and throw himself into painting and the art scene. Jake was a founding member and editor and chief of Puro Pedo Magazine, the Pop Up Mercado, The Barrio Boogie Collective, The Art Jam/ Buen Pastor Mural Project as well as a founding member of the Chicana and Chicano Bar Association.
Today, Jake Prendez is a renowned Chicano artist exhibiting his art and lecturing across the country. He is also the owner/
co-director of the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery on the border of West Seattle and White Center.
His oil paintings and digital artwork are created with a specific focus on themes relating to Chicanx and Indigenous culture, social justice, pop culture, and satire.
Jake’s work is an amalgamation of my life experiences. It represents his Chicano background, his life lived back and forth from Los Angeles and Seattle, it represents love and heart break, oppression and resilience, laughter and tears. It’s as if I took all his life experiences, put in a blender and poured out onto canvas.
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