Pablo Jacques was born in Durango, Colorado of Spanish and Pueblo Indian ancestry. As a child he lived in Pagosa Springs, Colorado where he began to form images of his Indo-Hispanic background. He received his elementary education in Pueblo, Colorado, his secondary and college education in San Diego, California. He has had an on-going interest in art since he was a child and has drawn and painted as long as he can remember.
Professor Jacques exhibited in the Governor’s Office in Sacramento, California as one of California’s Chicano artists. He exhibited with the International Friendship Festival in El Cajon, CA. several times and most recently with the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The subject matter of his paintings has been influenced greatly by the college courses he taught and by his extensive travels throughout the Southwest United States, Mexico and Spain.
He explored a variety of themes in his early paintings. However, his recent paintings have focused more and more on what is familiar to him, namely, the landscapes and people of Mexico and the Indo-Hispanic Southwest. He has studied Ancient and Modern Art and has been influenced primarily by the three schools of art: Romanticism, Expressionism and Impressionism.
His oil paintings are neither abstract nor representational. His landscapes are based on landscapes in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado but are somewhat made into fantasy landscapes on his canvases. His faces are drawn from the Indo-Hispanic people who include family, relatives and other Indo-Hispanic people from the same region. His subjects can be considered “romantic” in that they are from a background that is not well known and therefore, exotic to Europeans and most Americans. They are direct descendants of indigenous people and sixteenth century Spanish pioneers who settled in an isolated area of the Rocky Mountains.
Pablo is very familiar with these settlements and seeks to bring them alive in his paintings. He calls his style “Neo Realism”. A new kind of realism where the scenery and the people express the inherited memories of the Indo-Hispanic pioneer culture of the Southwest.