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“Being the First Latino to be commissioned to commemorate the 2006 US OlympicTeam and USOC to represent the 2006 Olympics for the United States, I want tomake sure that I am Not the Last”
Internationally acclaimed celebrity artist Jesse Raudales, whose work is featured in museums, galleries, organizations, and homes of many collectors, displays a deep sense of Pure Originality, Beauty, Spirituality, Strength and Reality in his images. For any artist, it would be a dream come true to be selected as one of the artists to create an image to commemorate the 2006 US Olympic Team. That dream is now a reality for Jesse Raudales, a North Hollywood based artist, who was selected among thousands of applicants to represent the 2006 Olympic Games, standing next to his fellow artist, Jane Seymour and Peter Maxx. His Olympic painting, “Peace for the Children of the World” opened in California, toured to New York and then went on to the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Since becoming an Olympian, Raudales has been honored by the NAACP, FBI, Warner Bros. and the EPICC Center and featured as a rising artist in international press. Raudales was the first Latino artist from the USA chosen for the 2006 Olympic Games and has received high acclaim for his passion to paint and dedication as a father. His artwork has been featured on television and in the homes of many celebrities including Academy Award nominee, Terrence Howard, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Rick James, and many more. He has also designed logos and airbrushed fashion concepts for celebrities such as MC Hammer and the late James Brown. His list of accomplishments also includes designing logos for Martin L. King III, basketball star Dwayne Wade and the official Miss USA Pageant logo.
The story of Raudales begins in North Carolina and has captured the hearts of many. Born stillborn, his mother prayed to God to let her son live. She coddled him for several minutes and miraculously, Jesse gasped for air and was brought to life. His mother honored her gift from God by naming her son Jesus Guadalupe Raudales but after several years of being teased at school, he was later nicknamed Jesse.
Jesse Raudales is active in his community and continues to donate his originals to a variety of nonprofits including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Zo’s Summer Grove, Sparks Of Hope, Inc., The OASIS, Hands United Together, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. In February 2007, his Peace for the Children art show was hosted by long-time friend and client, Terrence Howard, and was held at CCH Pounder’s art gallery (Pounder Kone Art Space). Jesse showcased five original paintings marked with the handprint of his son, Jesse Jr., honoring children around the world who are victims of child abuse. Jesse’s art exhibits include Colors to Life Beautiful, an exhibition inspired by Alice Walker’s Color Purple at the 626 Gallery at Studio B in downtown LA’s gallery row and his solo show, My Real Name is Jesus, hosted by Jermaine Jackson which was also held at 626, focusing on his life story and the inspiration behind his most versatile works. His art has been showcased at many galleries and private shows around the world including Downing Gross Art Gallery, Epoxybox, Chase Mitchell, Million Dollar Make the Discovery Retreat for the Oscars® and the City of Annapolis’ first annual Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead celebration and Capital Gazette, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication.
“Jesse, being an Olympic Artist is a major accomplishment for any artist. As you know artist from Matisse to Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Roy Lichtenstein have been artist chosen to commemorate the Olympic Games . Welcome to the Olympic Art Family. ” — Jack Scharr, President