JULIO CESAR SANCHEZ MATOS was born on July 3r d, 1972 in the town of Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico. At the age of 3 his family of Dominican decent relocates to the Dominican Republic. His interest in the art of painting started during art festivals at his elementary school in the city of Barahona. With the intention of providing better opportunities for Julio, his parents enrolled him in a painting course from the Hemphill School but were unable to complete due to economic hardship. Later in 1985, he took painting courses at “El Centro de Estudios Medios” in the city of Barahona. In 1990, he completed a calligraphy course at the Barney N. Morgan secondary school from which he graduated in 1991. In 1993, Julio moved to Miami City.In the year 2000 he suffered a work related injury that broke four disk of his lower back. Unable to move freely and during rehabilitation painting became his tool for relief.
In 2002, he met world renowned painter Gonzalo Borges and in 2003 he has his debut at the Cultural Center of “La Calle 8” with artists from around the world. Some of his early work was bought at the Swiss Mine Art Gallery in the Dominican Republic . In 2007, he took a painting class at the Hialeah/Miami Lakes Adult Center under the mentorship of the renowned Cuban artist, Edith Rodriguez.
Julio is better known by his professional name of Julsan. Julsan has continued exposing his work in National and international scenes: Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Barahona, Bani). in the local scene his work has been shown in: City of Kissimmee, Orlando, Maitland, Baldwin Park ,HBIF Consumer Expo and at “La Calle 8” Cultural Center in Miami, ZU Gallery in Miami,Universidad ANA G. MENDEZ, CASA de Espana in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC,Pount Gallery in Orlando,Hispanic Heritage and Cultural club Solivita,Central library,Downtown Orlando,City Hall of Kissimmee,CityArts Factory in Downtown Orlando.Gateway Center for the art in Debary Fl, Loft 55 Gallery,FAVO,Café Tu Tu Tango and others places.
Currently Julsan participates as a resident artist at: Massimo Art Gallery in Orlando Fl.
Also has his work permanent exhibiting at: LocalArticle Boutique, located in Universal Studios Orlando.
Most of Julsan work has been on portraits of women and of Tainos, the Caribbean Indeans. Although some paintings are in canvas or paper, he prefers the use of hardwood which allows for the use of mixed media. These elements create the sensation of having a three dimension portrait and or enhance the painting by making them feel alive. Some of his Artworks has been selected to be on a Book cover, Cd Cover and promotional Cultural event. Julsan received many recognition for his Artistic Labor in the community of Central Fl.
- 2009 - Unided States Congress , Orlando Office- Certificate of special Congressional Recognition. -2009- Point Elementary School-
- 2010 - Osceola Board of County Commissioners.
- 2010 Florida House Of Representatives - Darren Soto, House District 49.
- 2011 winner in mixed media for this year’s 2011 Annual Juried Art Show, Osceola Center for the Arts. -2013- Artist of the year in Orlando FL “Heart & Hand Award 2013.