Jonathan Bogarín is an artist, filmmaker, and educator. He creates public projects that imagine art as a tool for social justice and co-directs El Tigre Productions, a video production company that blends documentary and narrative filmmaking with visual art.
Jonathan has over ten years’ experience combining visual art and pedagogy and has created public art/education projects in the US and Venezuela in partnership with organizations such as the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Life Lines Community Arts Project, Artspace Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Center, NYC Department of Education, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Groundswell Community Mural Project. He has taught at Columbia University, UCONN, Hunter College High School, Bank Street College of Education, and designed and taught hands-on community arts workshops at Pratt Institute.
In 2006, Jonathan and his sister Elan began documenting the murals of El Tigre, Venezuela and embarked on a series of stop motion animated murals that brought the stories of the city to life. This project expanded to become the feature film Invisible Murals that reimagines the history of oil through the myths, murals, and oral histories of El Tigre.
Jonathan received an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA in Painting and Art History from RISD. He has received grants from Latino Public Broadcasting, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, and Urban Artist Initiative NYC among others.