Bio

Born and raised in New Jersey, Julian Tejera has seldom gone a day without pencil in hand.  Receiving his BFA in illustration from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2008, he worked as a freelance and portrait artist for a number of years.  While working at the Montclair Art Museum Julian discovered a passion for teaching, leading to the start of a career as a sought after art instructor for teens and adults in his home state.  The decision to pursue a master’s degree came from wanting to push his artistic vision as well as a desire to teach at a collegiate level, and so he attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating in 2015 with an MFA in painting.  His artwork seeks to draw the viewer into the quiet moments of his figurative subject matter, using strong design and technique to lead the eye around the picture plane and weave a visual narrative.

Artist Statement

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Education

Academy of Art University

MFA Painting (Cum Laude), December 2015

Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

BFA Illustration, May 2008

Teaching

2009-present Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

2017-present One River School, Englewood/Allandale, NJ

2016-2017 The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

2012-2013 Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ

2011 Visual Art Center of NJ, Summit, NJ

Summer 2010 Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA

Awards and Publications

2017 Strokes of Genius 9: The Best of Drawing

2016 Art Muse Contest Gallery Representation Finalist

2016 2nd Place International Gallery of the Arts online competition

2016 Finalist Figure/Portraiture 33rd Annual Competition The Artist’s Magazine

2016 21 Under 31 Southwest Art Magazine

2016 Honorable Mention, Jerry’s Artarama Self-Portrait Competition

2015 Honorable Mention, The Artist’s Magazine All-Media Competition

2015 1st place MFA Figurative, Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2015 Jury’s Favorite 15%, Fine Art Studio Online, May 2015 Bold Brush Competition

2014 1st place MFA Figurative, Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Group Exhibitions

2017 Montclair Ten Redux, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Montclair, NJ

2017 Art Muse Contest, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX

2016 Petit, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

2015 Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2014 Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2013 Jazz Night, Empire Hotel, New York, NY

2013 Pure Flight, Soo Rye Gallery, Portsmouth, NH

2013 Community Art Show, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ

2013 Bergen Diversity, Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ

2012 Bergen Diversity, Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ

2012 Self Portrait Project, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Focus New Jersey, Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ

2011 Employee Art Fair, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

2011 Eclectic Visions, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

2010 Small Works Show, Spirit Gallery, New London, CT

2009 Fantasy Show, Spirit Gallery, New London, CT

2009 Faculty Exhibition, Yard School of Art, Montclair, NJ

2009 Illustration Master Class Exhibition, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

2008 Illustration Master Class Exhibition, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

2008 Senior BFA Exhibit, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA

2008 Illustration Show @ Glovebox, Goody Glovers, Boston, MA

2008 Senior Illustration show, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA

2004 Night of 1000 Drawings, New York City, NY

Upcoming Shows

2018 Solo Show, Berkshire Hathaways HomeService

2018 Solo Show, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

Gallery Representation

Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX