John Zamudio is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Many call members of this Church Mormons
, though that is actually a misnomer implying that Mormons worship someone other than Jesus Christ.
John Zamudio was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in the district of San Luis.
is the second of 5 children.
was just two years old, John
was in a bad accident at home, which resulted in both of his
hands being severely burned and which left permanent scars.
This event took a large role in shaping John's life.
was teased so much by other children because of his
took to playing by himself.
found great solace in drawing, and he
developed great skill.
beautiful drawings, he
eventually did connect well with other children, and came to feel more accepted.
At age 17, John
was accepted at the National School of Fine Arts
in Lima, Peru, where he
learned a wide variety of artistic techniques and mediums.
went on to study oil painting at the Art Museum of Quinta Vergara
in Vina del Mar, Chile, in 1991.
eventually became drawn to the world and a more lucrative career in Business Administration.
put off his
dreams of becoming an artist to follow new opportunities, but this change in lifestyle, which he
pursued for 15 years, did not agree with John
missed the stillness and peace of mind he
had once found in painting and felt a distinct void in his
However, in 2002, John
reached a turning point in his
lost everything, and was emotionally broken for four years.
suffered from depression and felt completely disillusioned.
had nothing to show for so many years of hard work.
One day, in the midst of his
deep depression, he
stumbled across a box of his
old art supplies and was inspired to return to painting without fear of failure.
decided to fight for his
John had been baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the "Mormon Church") at age 15, and had even served a mission for the LDS Church from ages 19-21.
The first painting he
created after his
disillusionment was of Lehi's Dream from the Book of Mormon
For him, this painting represented the stage of darkness and gloom in his
life that he
was able to leave behind through inspiration.
entered the painting into an international competition organized by the Museum of Art and History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
in 2003, in which competition John's painting won a prize, and he
was recognized for his
John feels very grateful for the challenges in his
life, which he
feels have let him be more in tune with the Spirit and which influence his
has an outgoing, cheerful personality, he
is quiet and shy.
finds joy in leading a disciplined life, following the principles of good health set forth by the Word of Wisdom, a health law of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
enjoys the physical, mental, and spiritual health which come as a result of following this council and of keeping active.
John feels that a great deal of his
inspiration is a product of the harmony of his
phyical, mental, and spiritual health.
Now an internationally recognized religious artist, John regularly exhibits his work at the Museum of Art and History in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Savior and the blessings God has given him, all of which he
tries to reflect in his
will certainly live on through his
beautiful works of art.
was recently interviewed by the TV chain BYU Television International as the first Hispanic artist talented and prominent in religious works.