Johnathan is a self taught, internationally collected artist whose work exudes the sorrow he has experienced during his tragic life.
He was born on December 24, 1986 to an illegal alien father from the Soviet Union who was sent to prison for murder, and a mentally unstable mother who abused him daily and eventually abandoned him in Colorado at the age of 12.
When Johnathan wasn’t in orphanages, group homes, and foster care, he was a homeless child on the streets who, subsequently, at the young age of 17, made the regrettable mistake of burglarizing a gun shop.
Having never attended art school, Johnathan always drew, but honed and mastered the skill of drawing during the seven and a half years he was incarcerated. He did so by studying the greatest artists in history and by drawing portraits from life and photos.
He was released at the age of 24 and, as a free man; Johnathan is pushing for a change in his community through the Tyro program he founded that guides broken children down the right path and by publically speaking about his inspirational, but heartbreaking, life story and art.
Johnathan’s art has been displayed at the Consortium 816 art gallery in Denver’s downtown Santa Fe Art District, the Eden Art Gallery in Denvers Rino arts district, Artistica Art gallery in downtown Denver, the Katalyst Art Gallery in Aurora Colorado and in private collections internationally. Also his art will be published in a book called International Contemporary Artist that will be released worldwide in November 2012.