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TitlePrimera visión en Hoja
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsTrejo, Israel
KeywordsChurch History; First Vision; Heavenly Father; Jesus Christ; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Submitted to the 2021 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest

The leaf measures 11cm long and 4cm wide and is on letter-size paper. I looked for different references about what type of foliage grows in the Sacred Grove, and I believe that this type is fairly common there. I wanted to express that nature is always an essential part of art. What better way to preach the gospel than by small and simple things like a leaf?

[Google Translate] The artist was born on May 1, 1989, in Delicias, Chihuahua, in northern Mexico but grew up in a town called Meoquí, which gave him great appreciation and love for nature, culture and indigenous peoples. During his childhood he won a painting competition at the national level. At only 5 years old, he began to develop the ability to draw, however, in the town there was not much artistic education, so he only continued to make drawings—cartoons for teachers, relatives and acquaintances. It was not until he returned from his full-time mission for his church that he decided to study at the University of Art in Chihuahua City, and it was there that he developed his love for painting. Since then he has participated in regional, national and international exhibitions. In 2020 he was awarded 3rd place in Book of Mormon Central’s annual contest.

He currently resides in Bonn, Germany, and is happily married and has a child of 2 years old. He takes enjoyment in his work as a visual arts teacher, which was his field of study. Much of his art focuses on his personal principles and beliefs, and his goal is to reach thousands of homes with his paintings and to help preach the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.

Primera visión en Hoja by Israel Trejo

Scripture Reference

Joseph Smith—History 1:17