Josan Pinon


I grew up in the Philippines where a traditional cultural value under Christianity tries to prevail. From there I learned compassion and kept my family-oriented upbringing, though I questioned the hypocritical aspect and narrow mindedness in the belief system of religion in general. I am drawn to the humanistic and ironic aspects of life, and this is reflected in my photographic tableaux. The themes in my earlier work have a sweet and innocent nature, while my later work is more provocative and often questions human values and culture, at times inspired by nostalgia. I continue on my exploration and experimentation in various art making processes.

Education

2005-2009    Bachelor of Arts in Photography, Emily Carr University
2003-2004    Digital Media Design diploma,Sprott-Shaw Community College, Calgary, Alberta
2002    YMCA progam diploma, YMCA Achievement Program, Calgary, Alberta

Workshops:
2008    August - Horst Siegler, Art of Loving studio, Vancouver, Canada. Nude Photography workshop
2008    May - Bruce Gilden, Red Bull Project building, Toronto, Canada. Magnum New York workshop
Upcoming
2008    November -Applied Arts Magazine Award Exhibit, Toronto, Canada
2008    October -Untitled Yaletown Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    September -Nude Show Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    September -Art for Life Silent Auction, Vancouver, Canada
Group Exhibitions
2008    Applied Arts Magazine Student Award Exhibit, Toronto, Canada
2008    Structure and Curio Show Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Nude Show Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Art for Life Silent Auction, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Emergence,  Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Book Art, Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Magnum New York Workshop Exhibition at Contact Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008    SNAP! 08 Preview Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2008    Multiples Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Polaroid Show Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008    Street Show Exposure Gallery, Vancouver Canada
2007    Pact 11: Currency NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2007    Pact 10: Migrate NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2007    Pact 9: Sidenotes NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2007    Pact 8: (Open) NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2006    Pact 5: Waiting NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2006    Spring Salon Show The Annex Photographic Society, Vancouver, Canada
2006    Emily Carr Foundation Show Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006    Pact 4: Boundaries NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2006    Pact 3: Public/Private NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2006    Pact2: Imaginary Friends NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada
2005    Pact 1: In the Moment NOART Artist Collective, Vancouver, Canada

Awards
2008    Photography Display of Emily Carr University 2007/08 Viewbook Winner  
2008    Vancouver Review Plastic Camera Competition Winner
2008    Applied Arts Magazine Student Award in Photography
2008    Snap! Stars Toronto Photo Competition Winner
2007    Runner Up for Emily Carr Institute Halloween Cabaret Costume Competition
2006    1st Runner Up for Emily Carr Institute Halloween Cabaret Costume Competition
2002    Highest Standing in Art 10 Award, Father Lacombe Senior High
2002    Calgary Youth Challenge Poster Competition  Winner