It wasn’t until the camera was taken away that I had to find a different outlet for my creativity, so I began to paint in 2012. 

Having not experience of painting, I took it on board to learn as many different techniques as possible from text books and by looking at photographs of the great masters. 

I became a prolific painter in a space of two wand a half years, of the toughest time in my life and working with unparalleled dedication, to create over 60 paintings by 2015. 

In March 2012 after being assaulted by the doorman in a bar in central London, I ended up in prison for a period of two and a half years. I took up painting as a form of escapism from the monotonous and tedious regime of prison life and used the medium as a way to mentally, leave the compounds of my 12 x 6 feet cell, by submerging myself into my work.

The work looks into thoughts, feelings, emotions, internal conflicts and desires. What I experienced each day of the two and a half years served in over crowded and basic conditions of the prison system. I produced around sixty paintings, recycling the prison fire blankets as canvases and using acrylic paints as this was the only paints allowed to be used.

Painting became my passion and my new story-telling medium when I had no access to a camera.

Prior to my release I won several awards from an organization that helps and markets art created by people that are detained in institutions and help them to focus and encourage them in developing their work, ultimately awarding several individuals a mentoring scholarship financed by sponsors once they are release in the community to develop their work further and ultimately becoming artists and breaking the stigma attached to any one that has been institutionalized.  

I have now been free for 27 months and have had one major solo exhibition where all the work created inside was on display followed by two smaller solo exhibitions as well as several group exhibitions around London.

I have produced several other works since my released and have had a great mentor named Fran Mean who has helped me see my strengths with my use of color and love for animals in my creations given me my own style which I have used to illustrate my thoughts in my work.

My ultimate goal is through art expression to breake the stigma attached to any one that has been through the penal system.

More about Julio Cécar Osorio on page 46 (electronic page 24) of the magazine Art & Museum :

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