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About Me

Hi World!

I'M jose h. cedillos

I am a practitioner of the Bricolage Arts, a folk model of universal creativity utilizing whatever is at hand to fashion, repair, and invent. I learned Naïve Bricolage by being born into a Mexican American migrant fieldworking family. We fixed everything with broken parts and pieces of other things. Naïve Bricolage (also called “crude materialism”) always breaks down because life for “the poor” also always breaks down.  Poverty made us inventive. Labor-saving ideas were quickly passed along and copied, anything to make work easier. Since necessity made us see value in everything broken, we could look past the wreckage of all broken pieces to find a whole piece. It felt like magic, like a conjuration in the moment. 

 Without a high-school diploma until I was 30, I was a roustabout, drawing and giving away (occasionally selling) colorful semi-abstractions while following unskilled labor from Texas to California and north to Oregon. I occasionally painted on “found” canvases, but primarily worked on anything lying around as I experimented with the limits of making do with “whatever is at hand.” I already knew that folk creativity was about improvisation and the magical experience of sudden appearance (usually referred to as “emergence”). I began to evolve a set of skills in which the quickness of the transitory and the permanence of the structural combined to form unique and original images. My ideas and my many years of experience teaching creativity led me to self-publish them in Riding The Unicorn, Incursions Into Visual Intelligence (2018, Amazon).

 People who view my Bricolage artwork are always impressed with the diversity and range of styles. A visiting metal sculptor walked through my two-story house with a friend looking at the 40+ pieces on the walls and asked her friend (I overheard her), “Why do Jose and Sue have art by so many different artists?” She was shocked when told that the artwork was all my work. She spent the rest of the afternoon talking to me about Bricolage creativity. I welcome you to take a walk through my galleries to see the diversity, range, and originality of Bricolage Art.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.

All photography and modifications are by Donna Wierzbowski (donnasmooth@gmail.com).  Donna is an astute photographer of my Bricolage work and a longtime friend. She is also an avid gardener and a champion of indigenous plants. 






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