Schooler was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, NY and is a self-taught, contemporary folk artist. He made his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, from 1972 until 2003 when he moved to New Orleans returning to San Miguel de Allende after a few years. His work is represented in the New Orleans Museum of Art, and regularly exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and held in the permanent collection of the new contemporary museum in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Casa Museo de Arte Contemporaneo.
Jon says about himself “I am a scientific painter. I experiment. Back in the day when I was doing textile printing, I saved all the excess color in jars. It looked like Walt Disney through up in a jar. I figured I would end up with a big jar of brown. But, when I threw it on a screen, it would come out as separate, marbleized colors. Later, I created a method in which I covered the canvas with paint and manipulated them with syringes and knives. I work fast. I don’t labor over a piece for months. I’ll do six pieces in one night. I believe in the law of averages. I would create twenty paintings and one would turn out really well. Eventually, one in twelve would turn out incredibly well. Over the years, that number has changed in my favor”.
Jon Schooler’s color theory and unique approach to mixing oil paints has positioned him at the forefront of his field, inventing a new approach to mixing and applying the medium onto canvas. Possessing an enduring ability to entice, delight, and uplift, Schooler’s work highlights the extraordinary intricacies of color and provides a glimpse into his personal relationship with his favorite medium.