Jossie Salinas was born in Leon, Nicaragua. She had a classical education in art, during which she studied with several prominent artists including the master copiest at the El Prado Museum and the muralist Roger Somville. She held her first exhibition in Managua, Nicaragua; numerous exhibitions followed, and her paintings were acquired by collectors around the world, including the former U.S. President, Lyndon Johnson, who saw her work during a state visit. In the mid-1970s and 1980s, Salinas worked with powdered glass on large pieces of metal. The enamel works were created as objects for interior design and were sold throughout the United States. While there was high demand for this art, working with heavy, metallic objects at 1800° was arduous and time consuming. By the late 1980s, Salinas refocused her energies on painting. During the 1990s, her art has been exhibited at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and Ira Pinto Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Salinas lives in Los Angeles with her mother, husband, and son. She works in a studio she built in her home. In October 1999, she founded salinasgallery.com, her way of sharing her art and the art of other artists with the world. Salinas believes that while we live in a linear world, existence takes place in multiple dimensions. To make the journey through this myopia, we must “feel the light.” In expressing these ideas through her painting, Salinas is guided by her love of beauty, harmony, and sharing.