Born in Guatemala City in 1951, Jose Toledo Ordoñez grew up with a passion for motorcars, which eventually led him to using his metal working skills and auto garage as medium and space for artistic creation. After graduating from Mariano Galvez University with a degree in economics, he began coordinating activities that promoted art, culture and education as well as lecturing in various educational and cultural institutions. He became recognized as a disseminator of culture and an unfaltering defender of the environment. Toledo has served as a Prensa Libre columnist, as President of the advisory board of the Guatemalan Association of Natural History, an institution charged
with the administration and reconstruction of La Aurora National Zoo, and as President of the Mario Monteforte Toledo Foundation. Under the Foundation's seal, he has edited ten books and produced eleven documentaries with the objective of detailing and supporting Guatemala's greatest cultural exponents. His continuous contact with the art world inspired him to pursue his own artistic endeavors. By 2010, Toledo had brought out the art within and his established career as a sculpture artist began. He has since presented thirty-three solo exhibitions, and has had seventeen public sculptures commissioned in Geneva, Paris, The Hague, Amsterdam, Washington D.C, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Guatemala among others. His flagship exposition, Dangerous Sculptures, carries a calling to a new state of consciousness which he calls Creationism, where he rejects the excesses of contemporary art and proposes art should turn back to aesthetics instilled with truth and moral values. Today, he shares his artistic activities with his business life.
Using stainless steal, copper and brass, Toledo has created the visually striking Angeles collection of abstract sculptures in tribute to his friend Maestro Efrain Recinos. Constructed in his auto mechanics shop, the meticulously cut, polished and sealed metal reflects infinite rays of light, through which Toledo’s message of a commitment to peace shines. Angels have been used as an archetype throughout history not only to represent a spiritual protector or divine entity, but an enlightened being and the light within people. The reflective surfaces send out light but also seem to absorb light from the viewer, a quality which can allow that inner light to be seen. The works are meant not only to attract audiences with their engaging aesthetic, but to build a community which shares the intentions of respect for all humankind and love for the earth.