Always drawing, designing and building, Jonathan Munz has exhibited artistic talent since a young age. A self taught artist, he grew up in the small town Heidelberg, Ontario. Jonathan speaks about how fortunate he feels to have been raised in Canada surrounded by supportive friends, family, pets and nature. A key component in his growth came from the encouragement received by his parents and teachers, opening a door of creativity allowing for the artist to explore many different mediums before considering a brush on canvas.
During his childhood, the Munz family spent whole summers exploring national parks with Killarney and Algonquin holding a special place in their hearts. Always inspired by nature, Jonathan began sketching more seriously shortly after an introduction to The Group of Seven and more specifically Canadian artist Tom Thomson. This early exposure to nature, culture and art fuelled a passion in him that later grew into experimentation with his own paintings coupled with photography and continued camping and canoeing.
Jonathan Munz continues to paint from his home studio full time supporting his business “Paint by Munzy” managed by his younger sister Laura Munz. The brother sister team manage a gallery in Uptown Waterloo and have developed a independently designed greeting card line and canvas prints showcasing Jonathan’s original oil paintings.
The Stick Man was Jonathan Munz’s first piece created using a medium of green Crayola crayon. This masterpiece still exists in Heidelberg Ontario, the artists hometown.
When Jonathan’s father discovered drawings on the bathroom cabinet drawer, he gathered his three children for a family meeting. It was made clear that walls, cupboards and furniture were not ideal places to colour. With a concerned look, Jonathan brought his father to his sisters bedroom. He opened the closet door to reveal his latest work “The Stick Man."
Although only four years old at the time, Jonathan still recalls just how difficult drawing that stick man was. When asked about it he jokes, “yeah it was hard to draw. Do you see the detail in his hair?”
Over the years the Munz household has changed its interior many times. During home renovations and construction, Jonathan’s first piece has been endearingly preserved, never to be painted over or left behind.