AFA of SoHo presents The Nature of Evolution, a collection of new original works by Jean Pierre Arboleda. The exhibition will open during a reception for the Artist on February 8, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and runs through March 6th.

Arboleda primarily focuses on disturbing environmental issues, depicting a future in which animals fight for dominance and survival in their chaotic world. The subjects in his canvases mutate and morph, suffering from environment destruction caused by man-made toxins.

In The Nature of Evolution, the Artist explores his fascination for the Galapagos Islands and the preservation of Yasuní National Park in the rain forest of Ecuador.

Jean-Pierre Arboleda was born in Quito-Ecuador and moved to the United States in 2000. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts with his BFA in Illustration and later attended the New York Academy of Art where he received the Chairman’s Travel Scholarship and completed his MFA in painting.

Based in New York City, Jean-Pierre Arboleda has shown his work frequently in New York City, nationally and internationally.

A landmark gallery in SoHo since 1984, AFA (formerly Animazing) began as an exhibition space specializing in conceptual animation art. Over time, they broadened that scope to include works by renowned Illustrators as well as fine artists. In 2012, in keeping with the momentum of natural development and growth, the gallery revamped their program with new artists, exhibitions and endeavors and renamed it AFA (Animazing Fine Art).

AFA passionately represents its artists in an enjoyable, informative and accessible environment. The gallery aims to indulge the senses and engage the emotions through works that are layered symbolism and dark complexity. With showrooms in New York, New Orleans, Las Vegas and France, AFA represents a stable of unique established and emerging artists whose paintings and sculpture are rooted in masterful figurative technique, and whose collective works are contemporary, edgy and fiercely imaginative.