Francisco "Pancho" Jiménez was born in New York City and raised in Santa Clara, California. Working in clay, he creates compelling sculptures that range from intimate pieces to those of an architectural scale. His thoughtful work stems from his fascination with forms and desire to capture the mystery of meaning.
Driven by the need to explore clay to the utmost possibility, Pancho creates organic forms that meet geometric forms to converse in a fluid language of sculpture.
Pancho's love of clay began when he was a child and has remained his primary medium throughout his artistic explorations. He is drawn to the physical aspect of the material - a malleable and versatile medium - and the historical aspect of clay - a material that has been used for hundreds of thousands of years. Pancho views the material as a gateway to a contemplative place where creativity comes alive and flourishes.
Intrigued by ancient and pre-Columbian art forms, Pancho creates sculptures that transmit the past to the present in a manner that is both timeless and contemporary. As is evident in these sculptures, Pancho is drawn to and fascinated by the forms of architecture and the geometrical aspects of drawing.
Pancho holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and a BA in both Studio Art & History from Santa Clara University.