Jesus Barraza is a partner at TUMIS, Inc. and started this company as a passion project with the other partners, wanting to create a bilingual design studio to help integrate art with emerging technologies. His focus is on web development and integration, and he has worked with over 50 organizations, helping them bring their dream websites to life. Jesus is also an activist printmaker and digital artist based in San Leandro, California. Using bold colors and high contrast images, his prints reflect both his local and global community and their resistance in a struggle to create a new world. Printmaking has allowed him to create large editions of multiples that can be spread throughout his community and throughout the world. Jesus prides himself on his continued connection to his community as an activist artist who can be relied on for help at any time.
Jesus has exhibited at Galeria de la Raza (San Francisco), Museo del Barrio (New York); de Young Museum (San Francisco); Mexican Fine Arts Center (Chicago); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); and internationally at the House of Love & Dissent (Rome), Parco Museum (Tokyo), and Mexico. He was a 2005 artist-in-residence with Juan R. Fuentes at San Francisco’s prestigious de Young Museum, and is a recipient of the “Art is a Hammer” award in 2005 from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
In 1998, Jesus was a co-founder of ten12, a collective of digital artists. He has also worked as Graphic Designer for the Mission Cultural Center/Mission Grafica, where Calixto Robles, Juan R. Fuentes and Michael Roman mentored Jesus in various screen printing methods. In 2003, Jesus co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio to foster resurgence in the screen printing medium, where he has completed over 100 prints.