My journey and love for art started when I was six years old. During that time I was also practicing Yoga from Swami Satchidananda. My mother bought me my first stipend of art supplies. My mom was a single parent and had a limited budget for discretionary spending on art supplies, although she was my biggest support in the pursuit of my passion for art. We lived in a three thousand square foot loft in Tribeca in New York City.
I have always been inspired by nature and have been fascinated by plants, insects, and flowers. It was almost like viewing my environment through a macro lens. The era of the eighties was a revolutionary time. People were expressing themselves through music, fashion, and dance.
I was inspired by the freestyle movement of break dancing, Hip Hop, Jazz, 60s - 70s Rock & Roll and the dynamic creative energy that was cultivated in New York City. As a Graffiti Artist, I explored a lot with texture and layering. This is a fundamental inspiration for my current artwork. This urban landscape was expressed in a raw and immediate way, void of smartphones, and techy distractions. Spray paint and the techniques I learned writing graffiti and creating pieces as a teenager was a good foreshadowing to my future going to Art and Photography school. Especially as a photographer, I enjoyed viewing humanity and each person's uniqueness from afar. The Art program at SUNY New Paltz was diverse and expansive. I studied and learned, sculpture, three-dimensional design, ceramics, painting, and drawing. I would spend numerous hours in the vast art library, mesmerized by artist's books.
I was accepted into Speos Photography School in Paris. My plan was to attend a semester abroad, but the magic of the culture and the environment continued to inspire me, and I spent two years studying abroad.
Living and going to Photography School in Paris exposed me to a city with beautiful low lighting and magical and bohemian culture. I found Parians obsessed with talking about art, music, love, and where would be the best place in the world to vacation. I spent many joyous nights in Paris chasing the shadows and highlights through my camera's lens.
Jared Pava is a New York based Artist and Photographer. Upon returning from Paris France, Jared landed a job working in the photo library at the famous Black Star Photo Agency. This was a great visual education for him. He found it inspiring looking through the vast photo library. Several photojournalists at Black Star reported from warzones. Seeing these images of world conflicts gave Jared a glimpse into the savagery and brutality of humanity. Most of these photographs never made it into magazines or newspapers, because of their graphic nature.
Jared continued his journey as a photographer and became a photo assistant. He assisted fashion photographers, portrait photographers and still life photographers. He learned about composition, indoor lighting and how to use photo props to create highlights and shadows. This experience gave Jared essential tools to photograph with artificial lighting.
Jared joined a photographer friend for an interview at the 92nd Street Y. After the event in the reception area Jared noticed a photographer taking pictures of the attendees. He knew at that moment that he wanted to be a photographer for the 92nd Street Y. He reached out to the director of events several times, after much persistence, Jared was invited in for an interview. The director was impressed with Jared’s night photographs taken in Paris France and he was hired on the spot. Jared photographed various notable celebrities, authors, industry leaders and musicians. To name a few, Christopher Walken, Sigourney Weaver and Isaac Stern. Returning home every evening after photographing the lectures, Jared was shocked, stunned and amazed hearing these celebrities' life stories.
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