: Famous Mormon Artist
official website, John Zamudio
states, "My Personal Mission on earth is 'To paint for my Savior.'"
John Zamudio is a Peruvian painter, having been born in Lima Peru, and having spent his childhood years in the district of San Luis.
has four other siblings, and is the second oldest of the five.
took a keen interest in drawing at a very early age as sort of a refuge from being left alone to play because other children incessantly teased him because of his
hands which were permanently scarred from an accident that he
suffered at home
at the young age of two.
In time he
was able to hone his
new found talent and became quite proficient.
It was his
amazing drawings that became the bridge to acceptance by the other children.
John Zamudio Mormon Artist
was accepted at the age of 17 at the National School of Fine Arts
in Lima, Peru.
It was there that he
was able to learn a wide variety of "artistic techniques and mediums.
 In 1991, he
began studying oil painting at the Art Museum of Quinta Vergara
in Vina del Mar.
had a promising career ahead of him in becoming an artist, John
, like so many others on their track to success in life, soon became enticed by the success that the world seemingly had to offer him.
gave up his
noble ambitions of becoming an artist to pursue a career in Business Administration, a career path which he
followed for 15 years.
However, at the end of the road, John
found that his
new sought after career did not afford him 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 Zamudio is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (mistakenly referred to by the media and others as the Mormon Church.) He was baptized at the age of 15, and served a full-time mission for the Church from the age of 19 to 21.
success in life to his
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, living his
life in harmony with the teachings of the gospel, and following the principles of good health set forth by the Word of Wisdom, a health law of The Church of Jesus Christ
** This article is a summarization of John Zamudio's
biography which can be found on his
official website at John Zamudio.net