Coming soon...Gonz Jove ( 1955 - ) was born and lived in La Paz, Bolivia until the age of 10 when he emigrated to the U.S. He drew and painted from an early age, formalizing his studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville where he graduated with a BFA in 1978 with extensive coursework in Architecture and Mathematics. Although Gonz’s degree is in sculpting, his activity in art includes painting with a keen eye for design and detail for over 30 years and today is considered one of the foremost muralists in Bolivia.
While living in Chicago, Gonz became inspired by a new dawn in Bolivian history: the election of the first indigenous president, Evo Morales Ayma in 2006. In 2007 he submitted one of his most important paintings for a government sponsored Art contest that so impressed the authorities, the Bolivian Department of Justice commissioned him to translate this painting called “Usurpacion del Boliviano” (The Usurpation of the Bolivian) onto a huge mural located in “El Prado,” the main boulevard in La Paz. This extraordinarily political mural, inspired by the works of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, was meant to serve as a discursively charged panorama of Bolivian history depicting the moments of both tragedy and resistance that have marked Bolivia’s complicated historical trajectory, yet it also portrays a positive vision of hope and optimism for the future. A foreign correspondent labeled it as “Bolivian history in 5 minutes,” and Professor Mark Goodale used a partial photograph of this mural to grace the front and back of his textbook “Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights.”
After many years of living in the U.S., Gonz decided to return to Bolivia during this exciting time in its history not only to complete various murals in public and private spaces but to also share his knowledge and passion with other local artists, some of who make up his collective “San Pedro Estudios.”