Jordan Mejias

Born in Puerto Rico, Jordan Mejias grew up in New York and studied with Elaine de Kooning and Larry Rivers at Parsons School of Design in New York. But he learned more, he says, from Michelangelo – and keeps learning from him: “That sounds so retro, no? Wrong! Nothing is more necessary for our dark times than beauty. Yes, queer beauty. Because the beauty of a solitary line, a sensuous shape, a sudden burst of color is his weapon against stupidity, hypocrisy, evil forces of any kind. And together with the nude body, beauty is – again – a cry of protest. Ugly minds hate beauty.”

Jordan’s work is featured in galleries and private collections worldwide. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has added his two books to the Special Collection of its Watson Library: Of Art and Men and Of Men and Michelangelo.