Joaquin Trujillo

Mexico, 1976


Joaquín Trujillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1976. Joaquín Trujillo’s artistic background began in theater as he acted and danced the ballet folklórico with a group after school while growing up in Zacatecas, Mexico. At the age of twelve, his parents sent him back to LA to live with his brother. They wanted to give him better future job opportunities, possibly as a company manager. Back in the States, Joaquin’s theatrical interests progressed. He became a group leader for the group Raíces Latinas a Dance. During his last three years in high school he was intimately involved as one of three directors creating set design, wardrobe and choreography for the group’s theatrical performances throughout the year. It wasn’t until he attended Golden West community college that Joaquin discovered his passion for photography. Here he was awarded with a scholarship to attend a night class at Art Center College of Design (ACCD). In his early twenties Joaquin studied photography for eight semesters at ACCD under great photographer instructors including James Fee, Paul Jasmine, Tony Zepeda, Bob Ingol and Fred Fellow. "Azucar Amarga" - a portrait documentary of exotic dancers in Ensenada, Mexico was one of his first shows displayed at the ACCD fine art gallery and consisted of eighteen 20 x 24 inch colored portraits. Joaquin’s body of work for his graduating thesis called "Los Niños" began as a collection of five portraits of nieces and nephews. The resulting show, corresponding with his graduation in April of 2001, continued the series with a collection of thirty portraits on the same personal subject of family. In 2001, he joined forces with Brian Paumier to create Trujillo-Paumier. Since then, this team has produced six years of stunning commercial work that has been exhibited in art shows, art fairs and magazines. Trujillo-Paumier has shot for publications including NY Times Magazine, LA Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Los Angeles magazine, News Week, Big Magazine and Dwell. Trujillo-Paumier work has been featured in downtown LA’s De Soto Gallery for both the 2005 show “HOT cakes” 2000 and the 2006 show, “Familia y Amigos”. Trujillo-Paumier photography has been shown at art fairs including ART LA January 2005 and 2006, Art Santa Fe in March 2005, Photo NY in April 2005 and Scope NY in March 2006. Over the past eight years they have been travelling extensively for their personal and commercial work and their images appear frequently in numerous publications and periodicals including Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, New York Times Magazine, GQ, Elle, Newsweek, and Los Angeles Magazine. Trujillo-Paumier is based in Los Angeles and New York. Joaquin has also had a pivotal role in helping create the photographic aesthetic for two magazines. In 2002 he helped found Fugue where he has been the photo editor for the last three years. In 2005 he helped launch Good Magazine as their photo editor. He continues as the photo editor for both magazines while also shooting commercial and fine artwork for other publications. Joaquin’s personal photos Los Niños is represented by Rose Gallery. Joaquin’s passion is photography. He loves shooting and collaborating with Brian Paumier as well as assigning photo shoots and leading photographic direction for Fugue and Good Magazine. Los Niños is his most recent solo body of work.

Artworks by Joaquin Trujillo