JAIME BAUTISTA was born in Colombia, an ex-student of Civil Engineering and a self-taught artist. Amongst working with conventional art mediums he has also developed a special technique for his models and pictures with a material normally associated with kindergarten use – Plasticine. Not only did he develop this technique in the artistic sense, he went further and at the Foundation Children’s Hospital for over a year and a half, he developed and applied a rehabilitation programme for children with learning difficulties, with excellent results. He also developed teaching programmes for able and disabled children and adults, which are still in use.
He has organised a number of conferences and practical art workshops in Colombia and other Countries including the UK, India and Sri-Lanka for teachers, art students, disabled people, psychologists, occupational therapists, experts in special education, corporate and public sector employees.
“I believe that what I can achieve with my work is to bring the best out of people. I focus on people’s abilities and not their disabilities. My work helps to mend fragmented lives helping them to put the pieces together through developing self-confidence, self-esteem and more importantly helping them to regain their self-belief and awareness of their potential. “
SMart Network has won numerous awards and accolades throughout the years and continue to do so. Most recently Jaime Bautista was awarded by the Prime Minister David Cameron with the Point of Light, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
In June 2012 Jaime and SMart Network were recognized “for the outstanding volunteering work from the Westminster Council”. In 2011, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson presented SMart with the Team London award for “outstanding contribution to improving London and the quality of life for Londoners”.
Jaime is a full time volunteer at SMart Network.