Jaime Arredondo was born in Dallas, Texas to Mexican American Tejano parents. His mother was a direct descendant of the original land granted Spanish families in Texas dating back to the 1600’s. His father was Otomi a large Native American nation originating from Central Mexico. While growing up they filled his imagination with stories of the borderlands and Mexico, of land, of conquest, of love and betrayal, of spirit and of soul.
After graduating from Yale with a MFA in painting, he moved to New York City, and created a course entitled “Of Fire and Blood: Art and Mythology of Mexico” of which he continues to teach at The New School and at NYU.
He has had numerous one man gallery and museum shows in New York City, and in the Southwest, and is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2009 his paintings were published as stamps by the United Nations, and in 2015 he was commissioned to create a permanent art project for the MTA comprised of 36 mosaics of his works, installed at the Zerega Station in the Bronx, and entitled “Garden of Earthly Delight”. In 2019 he created 65 illustrations on the Popol Vuh, the ancient Mayan creation myth of the Universe. In the fall of 2019 they were shown at the Gallatin Gallery at NYU.
In 2018, at The New School, he created and founded MICCI, the Mesoamerican, Indigenous and Caribbean Cultures Initiative. Its opening will finally be announced on December 2, 2020.
He continues to happily work and live in New York City with his wife and daughter.