We had the good fortune of connecting with Cody Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cody, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Having a solid group of supportive friends has been an important factor in how far I’ve been able to get. I can never see any level of success as a completely solo thing. There is always, at the very least, a few people that I can bounce ideas off of and talk about various things. As a visual artist, it is great to have various voices you can trust for critiques and 2nd opinions. That is so invaluable.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Imaginative Realism artist. To me, Imaginative Realism is a style of work that looks believable or familiar to the real world, yet there is something other worldly or magical to the imagery. The past few years I have been compelled to present unseen feelings, emotions, or states of mind of the subjects I paint. These emotions express themselves in my work through vibrant colored shapes, which resemble natural objects like crystals, minerals, and gems. Our emotions are the extensions of some physical, social, psychological, or intellectual experience, and therefore could function as a surrogate representative out in the world. As a father, everything that I project emotionally can impact my daughter which made me realize that emotions have a physical weight out in the world. As a result, my work addresses how states of mind can impact and occupy a physical space.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite places to take people are various contemporary galleries in LA. Places like Thinkspace Projects, Corey Helford Gallery, and Copro Gallery are of my favorites.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
If I include just one person, I feel like I would be leaving out other people, so that definitely isn’t my intention. But since moving to California and starting grad school, my friend/fellow artist James Thistlethwaite has been a solid friend. always there for my family and I. And an amazing artist on top of that.