Born in 1964 in Santiago, Colombia, Jacanamijoy has enjoyed a career in the arts spanning from his first individual exhibition in 1994 at Museo de La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia, to the present. Jacanamijoy studied art and aesthetics extensively- he first earned a bachelor’s degree at the Colegio Champagnat, then studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá and the School of Fine Arts of the Universidad de Nariño, Pasto. He later studied Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad de La Salle, and in 1991, Jacanamijoy earned a master’s degree in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
As discussed by Luis-Martín Lozano in his catalogue of Jacanamijoy’s works, Jacanamijoy is descended from the Inga people, and has been involved in the Organización Nacional de Indígenas de Colombia to better the position of indigenous people in Colombian society. This close relationship to his cultural heritage manifests in his art, which emphasizes respect for memory and the environment. A confident use of color inspired by the natural world is a significant aspect of his work, linking Jacanamijoy to the local in his native Colombia. Jacanamijoy paints primarily in oil on canvas, juxtaposing colors and shapes to evoke the natural world and create dynamic, energetic works of two-dimensional art. His paintings are ethereal evocations of the earth that capture the attention and draw his audience in. Jacamanijoy’s work centers on bold compositions, with abstracted, expressionistic subjects and titles drawn from natural phenomena.
Jacanamijoy's art has been exhibited extensively throughout Central, South and North America, as well as Europe. In 2013, the Museum of Modern Art n Bogota presented a retrospective of the artist's works. He has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C and New York, the Casa de America in Madrid, Spain, and the La Tertulia de Cali Museum, Colombia, among others.