Jean Foss studied fine art and creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon, and wood-block printmaking with Shizaburo Takeda at the Autonomous University of Benito Juarez Oaxaca. She received a B.S. in fine arts from the University of Oregon (2001).
In 2001, Jean moved to Oaxaca. She has exhibited work in Oaxaca, Mexico City, Oregon, California and New York. In Pittsburgh, she painted a mural funded by the Pennsylvania Foundation for the Arts.
Jean became a Mexican citizen in 2014. She lives in San Andrés Huayapam with her artist husband, Chucho, their daughter, Xochitl, 11 adopted dogs and two cats. In addition to painting, she plays viola, and writes poetry and prose.
The house I grew up in was filled with color and design—Persian rugs on the floors, intricately patterned tiles in the bathrooms, paintings on the walls, the carved furniture dressed in embroidered tablecloths and woven runners, footstools with needlepoint designs, chairs adorned with colorful handmade pillows. My parents both came from immigrant families—from Holland and Norway, and much of the design and color came from things that had been in the family for years.
Everywhere we went, as a family, my parents exposed us to art and architecture, my mother, herself an artist and scholar of art history, narrating the details of all we saw. As a child, I was particularly taken by Russian folk paintings, and by primitives of all kinds. Later, as an adult, I became fascinated with Latin American folk art, which contains similar elements
Mexico is a country charged with color and sound, both in its natural world and in its culture. From my first trip to Mexico, in 1997, I was drawn to the vibrancy and spirit of the people. In 2001, I moved to Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico, and from the start, I have felt at home in this culture of strong ties to family akin to the culture I grew up with.
Here in my adopted country, surrounded by color and light, I try to capture the vibrancy of the land and the vitality of its ancient culture, which bring me daily happiness.
By nature, I am a slow and meditative person, and by the same token, I am not a fast painter. I’m pleased to have learned about giclée prints -- beautiful and accurate reproductions that make my work more accessible. I hope, through my paintings, I can convey some of the beauty and flavor of Mexico to other parts of the world. I greatly appreciate all the encouragement and feedback I have been given.
2015 Maude Kerns Day of the Dead juried group show, October-16th-November 6th
2015 Galeria La Mano Mágica, Oaxaca, Women's group show ''Mujer Arte Oaxaqueño) opening Sept. 26th (up for 2 months)
2015 San Francisco Symphony Día de Los Muertos Event, Davies Hall, Oct 16th- Nov. 8th
2014 Autonomous University of Benito Juarez Oaxaca (UABJO), School of Fine Arts, Oaxaca, Mexico / Houston Community College, Houston Texas, (Group show by invitation of 3 artists from Oaxaca and 6 from Houston)
2014 From Her: An Exhibition by Women About Women, Pico House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (juried group show).
2013 Luz de Noche, Foro Cultural, Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, (Group show by invitation)
2013 Vll Artistas en la Roma, Galería Espacio Alternativo Arte Mx, Colonia Roma, Ciudad de Mexico, D.F. (Juried group show of 7 artists).
2013 Autonomous University of Benito Juarez Oaxaca (UABJO), Institute of Science and Humanities, Oaxaca, Mexico (headliner of a 2 person show)
2013 Hotel Casantica, Historic Center, Oaxaca, Mexico (solo show)
2013 COTAIPO (Center for transparency of information-- dept. of state gov), Oaxaca, Mexico (5 person group show by invitation).
2013 Museum of CASA (Centro de las Artes San Agustin Etla), Oaxaca, Mexico(collaboration with Jesus Lopez Gonzalez, in a group show to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Jose Guadalupe Posada).
2012 Gubernatorial Palace Museum (Museo del Palacio,MUPAL), Historic Center of Oaxaca, Mexico (solo show).
2012 Times Square, NY, ''Art Takes Times Square'' (digital group show)
2011 Island Park Gallery, Wilamalane Parks and Recreation Center, Springfield, Oregon, (2 person show, by invitation).
2011 Centro Latino Americano, Eugene, Oregon (solo show by invitation)
2011 Las Truchas Gallery, Eureka, California (group show by invitation)
2011 Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon (juried group show)
2010 Springfield Library Invitational, Springfield, Oregon (solo show)
2010 Oregon Census Bureau, Eugene, Oregon (solo show )
2010 Mills Gallery, Universidad de Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (group show by invitation)
2010 Mayor's Art Show, Springfield, Oregon, (group show in which the work won 2 cash prices: 2nd place in painting category, Favorite in show by Pacific Continental Bank )
2010 Galeria/Taller Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca, Mexico (group show)
2010 Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon (juried group show)
2010 Galeria La Zancada, Oaxaca, Mexico (Group Show)
2010 Hotel Camino Real, Red Cross Fund Raiser, Oaxaca, Mexico (Group show)
2009 Cafe Soriah, Eugene, Oregon (Solo show)
2007 Museo de Ferrocarril Oaxaca, Mexico (Group show by invitation for the Dept of Immigration Mexico, "INM" for the Day of the Migrant)
2005 Public Mural, Art on Gist Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (funded with a grant from the Pennsylvania Foundation for the Arts)
2003 Espresso Roma, Eugene, Oregon (solo show)
2002-Nueva Babel, Oaxaca, Mexico (solo show)
2002 Galeria de Design y Diseño, Oaxaca,Centro Historico, Oaxaca, Mexico (group show).