Born in New Orleans, Louisiana 1965 to Peruvian/Chilean parents, Julio Mejia is an abstract painter that uses archival oil, solvent and ink. Mejia focuses in the application of different chemicals that bring the essence of paint to the canvas in an organic manner beyond the canvas. This adds to his color choices that he uses like a note to produce a harmonious creation relating his life experiences.
As a young child Mejia used to draw as a way to communicate, and has throughout his life has always been drawing. He said, “Art is in my Blood, I can’t get rid of it – something deep inside me. Art is not the easiest thing to do in life but I need to do it”.
When asked about his unique approach of techniques on canvas, he refers to what his grandfather; Gabriel (Chula) Clausi, Bandoneonista, Composer, and Director of the Argentinian Tango, did with his bandoneon (the Alfred Arnold) the Stradivarius of bandoneons. He had the chambers customized to lower the notes. Chula said he did what he had to do to show all the expression of his tango. Mejia always felt the words Chula wrote were from his heart and the wind thru the chambers of his bandoneon was his soul expressing itself. Mejia uses anything that he needs to transfer his feelings on to canvas, brush, knife, and spatula, whatever it takes.
He has exhibited at the 3rd Bronx Biennial-New York, Latino Art Museum- California, Rialto Art Center-Georgia State University, Roy C. Moore Gallery-North Georgia University, Art Takes Times Square, New York, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, Boricua College, Manhattan, New York, and the Aaron Davis Hall of the City College of New York in Manhattan, New York, New York.
Mejia is represented in the collections of the Cultural Patrimony of Peru, Latino Art Museum, The Tubman African American Museum, and The City College of New York.