Lines of Fire

Artist Statement

Luis Jiménez is a pyrographer who works with wood, resin, and mixed media. Originally from SanJuan, Puerto Rico, he grew up surrounded by color, culture, and symbolism. With endless festivals and street parties Jiménez was immersed in a beautiful and colorful Caribbean environment, with stunning historical buildings and street murals plastered on everything from bridges to parking spaces.

Puerto Rico is steeped in rich indigenous Tainos, Spanish, and African influenced traditions, and Pyrography is part of those traditions. Pyrography, or Pyrogravure, involves heating metal tools to burn designs into wood surfaces. The word Pyrogravure literally translates to “writing with fire”.

Throughout his life, Jiménez has held diverse positions including working for the University of Puerto Rico, and even studied to be a legal assistant. Years later he picked up his creative passions and began exploring the unique skills involved in pyrography. Rediscovering the love and passion for ancestral arts, Jiménez began incorporating symbolic and cultural elements to connect spiritually with his viewers. Jiménez is an artist who believes in the self realization of being. He has a special connection with meditation, which he feels guides his creative process. Blending a distinct personal style with hints of eccentricity, the pieces pay homage to his ancestors and homeland traditions.

In 2018 He became a member of the DAAS COOP gallery where he had the opportunity to participate in several exhibitions such as Warhol Experience, April Showers and more. 

In 2021 Jiménez moved to Oregon, he had his last exhibit "Lines of Fire" at the Shirley Huffman auditorium gallery at Hillsboro Civic Center. He is grateful for the love and cordiality of Walter Cultural Art Center, City of Hillsboro, Oregon.

Since starting his artistic career, Jiméne’z creative exploration has been amazing and full of adventure. Complete with learning experiences and ups and downs, he is satisfied he has been given a gift to share with others the connection of stories that each piece reveals.

In the past few years, Jimenez has dedicated hours of study and practice to exploring new techniques that are transforming him into a better artist.

Luis Jiménez Washington County Online Studios 2023