Jose O Vásquez
Since 1996 Vásquez worked as a Telemetry Technician where he learned about rhythms of the heart. One day while at work (2006) Vásquez witnessed a patient’s rhythms become deadly. Despite all efforts of the physicians and staff, the patient passed away. This unfortunate event made Vásquez think about what was going through this patient’s mind as the doctors and staff fought to save his life. The result was a drawing that Vásquez calls “Slow death.” It is a traditional valentine heart shaped with electro-cardiographic rhythms. A series of heads surround the heart demonstrating the man's struggle from life to death. Art had been a long desired pass-time for Vásquez, but he had never pursued it until his colleagues encouraged him after seeing this creation. He considered what he could do draw attention to his art in the city of Cleveland. His inspiration came from both the Heart Center of The Cleveland Clinic and the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame for his original line of rhythmic guitars.