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Art, Advocacy and Action

Jairo Prado, Visual Artist


     A native of Colombia, South America, Jairo Prado has lived and worked as a visual artist in Nashville for 30 years, creating commissioned works and exhibiting nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Leu Gallery at Belmont University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington,  as well as part of the Biennial Best of Tennessee Craft Artists at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  His most significant public work, entitled "Migration," is a large-scale mosaic mural commissioned by Conexión Américas for the exterior façade of Nashville's  Casa Azafrán Community Center.   His work is also included in the permanent art collection of Nashville's Music City Center, as well as the Tennessee State Museum, Belmont University, and numerous other public and private collections.

     Prado has also been an educator to the community, sharing his passion for art with youth and adults through local and national universities, community-based organizations, and arts institutes, including Watkins College of Art, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and Conexión Américas. His work with the community focuses on celebrating the history, culture, and creative expression of those who inhabit the city.  As a result, numerous large-scale community-created murals and sculptural works are permanently displayed throughout Nashville and beyond.

Learn more: Prado Art Studio