"Changing our world one Art Creation at a time.” 

                                                                                                            -Joe Molina

Joe Molina


               "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."


                                                                                             -Albert Einstein


Born in Arizona,

Joe Louis Molina has lived in the majestic scenery of Colorado’s Front Range for most of his life. Life's Obstacles and challenges motivated Joe to move towards an artistic path of self-expression.  He is a multi-media artist who creates raku pottery and large scale paintings.  Much of his inspiration is derived from his travels.  Each work that he creates is unique and comes from his heart.  As a student, he learned to channel his emotions and translate them into personal works of art.

 Joe Molina has made himself acutely attuned to the natural world and its processes – both those that create balance and cause destruction. It was initially this awareness that sparked his creative career as he sought a way to respond to the 2009 Tsunami.  Though Joe began with collage and pottery, lately he has turned to large-scale acrylic painting to better articulate the full scope of this inspiration. Molina uses the immense picture plane of the canvas to heighten the colors of nature and enhance the tranquility of the sublime. 

 Molina is an artistic impressionist painter whose work often reflects his love of nature.  Not afraid to take risks, Joe has been known to mix wine and paint together to create his artwork, and lately has included gems to create a third dimension.  Joe Molina, with Mexican and Native American roots, and married to a Japanese American woman, uses these influences to create his art.  His appreciation of diversity and culture, combined with his life experiences, has enabled him to craft a large body of artwork. His painted scenes of Africa, tsunamis of Japan, and aspen trees truly provide an admirer a quick glimpse at his wide artistic views, in addition to his vivid use of color. 

 Just as quickly as Joe stumbled into pottery, he also found his niche as a painter.  In an attempt to practice his painting so that he could paint on his four foot tall vases, Joe began his journey to becoming a well-known artist.  He began to paint in the middle of the night and his painting never stopped.  The home office turned into a makeshift studio.  Then, he began to take over the garage, and soon he had his own studio and warehouse (Main Street Downtown) to work out of.  Who knows what will transpire in the future for Molina.  If you blink, you might miss out!



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Absentee Bid
A method of bidding for those who cannot or do not wish to attend an auction. Absentee bids are also called “written,” “commission” or “order” bids and may be placed by filling out and submitting an Absentee Bid Form, or online.

A formal evaluation of the fair market and/or insurance value of a given property. Fair market value represents what Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC believes an item would bring at auction. Insurance value reflects what we believe it would cost to replace an item. Our Valuations department conducts appraisals by comparing your piece with similar, recently sold works, but no appraisal is definitive. You do not need a formal written appraisal in order to obtain a presale auction estimate.

 Artist Resale Right (or Droit de Suite)
According to the European Union’s Artist’s Resale Right Directive, which has been adopted by the United Kingdom, living artists and artists who died within 70 years prior to the date of the sale are entitled to receive a resale royalty each time their art work is sold by an art market professional in the European Union or United Kingdom, subject to certain conditions. Sotheby’s will collect the resale royalty due to the artists or their estates from buyers of lots with a hammer price (excluding buyer’s premium and excluding VAT) in excess of €1000. Any purchaser of a lot to which Artist’s Resale Right applies will be charged the amount of the resale royalty, which will be added to the invoice. For more information on rates, view the Artist Resale Right Chart.

 As Is
Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC offers all property for sale at auction “as is,” meaning that the property is sold with all existing faults and imperfections. We encourage potential buyers to inspect each item carefully before bidding.

A trained professional who presides over the auction, initiating the sale of a lot by describing the item and starting the bidding. Once the first bid is made, others may offer higher bids. Bidders may be present in the saleroom, on the phone or online. Auctioneers also place bids on behalf of absentee bidders and finally determine when the highest bid has been made. If a work sells, the auctioneer announces, “sold.” If the item does not meet its reserve or there are no bidders, the auctioneer signifies this with a “pass.

The amount a prospective buyer signals the auctioneer he/she would pay to buy the lot during bidding.

 Bid Increment
The amount by which the auctioneer increases the bidding. In general, the auctioneer will request bids of about 10% higher than the previous bid. For instance, if the bidding opens at $5000, subsequent bids of $5500, $6000, $6500, etc. would follow. The figure is generally rounded up or down at the auctioneer's discretion.

 BID now
Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC online bidding service, called BIDnow, is available for all auctions except Wine. Through BIDnow, auctions are broadcast on sothebys.com, and clients who have registered for a paddle may place bids as if they were in the room.

If there are no bids on a lot, or if bidding does not reach the reserve price, the lot is “bought in,” meaning it is left unsold and remains the property of the owner.

 Buyer’s Premium
The amount above the hammer price that is paid as part of the total purchase price. See Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC Buyer's Premium rates here.

Factual information about a lot offered for sale, such as the name of the artist or maker, a detailed description of the object, the year of its creation, its provenance (history of its ownership), major exhibitions in which it has appeared and publications in which it has been documented. This information is published in the auction catalogue, in both the print and online editions.

 Condition Report
A written description of the condition of a work, prepared by Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC specialists prior to an auction.

 Conditions of Business
This important text describes the terms under which Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC and the consignor agree to sell a lot to the purchaser. It is important to read the conditions carefully before bidding.

The owner who is transferring property to Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC to act as agent on his or her behalf for sale.

The consignor of a lot is sometimes identified through a designation line, which appears at the beginning of a catalogue entry. The designation, which appears at the discretion of the consignor, may identify the current owner by name or through a descriptive title, such as “Property of a Distinguished European Collector.”

Each lot is given a low and high estimate, representing the opinion of Sotheby’s experts about the range in which the lot might sell at auction. Estimates are based on the examination of an item and recent auction records of comparable pieces. Published in our online and printed catalogue, an estimate provides prospective buyers with an important preliminary guide to value and is generally the basis for establishing the reserve price.

 Exhibition History
A listing of museum or gallery exhibitions in which a given lot has appeared. Inclusion in important exhibitions may impact the value of the object.

Another term for a Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC specialist who is an expert in specific fields of collecting and belongs to a department. Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC specialists are often scholars with distinguished careers; many of them publish extensively in their field, lecture widely, teach or curate international exhibitions.

 Fair Market Value
A term frequently used by appraisers referring to their judgment and opinion about an object’s likely sale price if offered by a willing seller to a willing buyer. Since the auction process is open to all bidders, a sale at auction is considered to be a measure of Fair Market Value.

Fair Warning
A warning sometimes given by the auctioneer that the hammer is about to come down on a lot. The fair warning offers one last chance to increase the bidding. If there are no subsequent bids, the auctioneer’s hammer falls and the sale is completed.

Another name for the auctioneer’s hammer used to close the bidding.

In rare cases, Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC will guarantee to pay a consignor for a lot, regardless of whether the bidding at auction reaches the reserve price. The guarantee may be provided by Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC, by a third party or jointly by Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC and a third party. Third parties providing all or part of a guarantee benefit financially if a guaranteed lot is sold successfully and may incur a loss if the sale is not successful.

 Guarantee Line
Set in bold type in the auction catalogue, the Guarantee Line indicates key information such as the authenticity of a work, the name of the artist or maker and the origin of the object.

Hammer Price
The winning bid for a lot at auction. It is the price upon which the auctioneer’s hammer falls, determining the sale price, but does not include the buyer's premium.

 Knocked Down
An auction house term for the hammer coming down and ending the bidding, as in, “The lot was knocked down at $1 million.”

 Live Bid
Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC online bidding service for wine auctions.

An individual object or group of objects offered for sale at auction as a single unit.

An object displaying the number assigned to a bidder when he or she registers at the auction. To place a bid, simply raise your paddle until the auctioneer acknowledges you. If you win the auction, your paddle number is recorded alongside your bid. To pay for your purchase, you will need to bring your paddle to the Payments counter.

Terms used by the auctioneer when an item fails to reach its reserve at auction.

Every work that goes to auction is professionally photographed by Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC for documentary and promotional purposes. Photographs appear in our online and print catalogues, and are an important way for buyers to identify lots that they wish to acquire.

 Presale Exhibition
With specialists on-hand to answer all questions, Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC puts every lot from its sales on public display in the days before an auction. Exhibitions are free and open to the public and generally close at 1 pm the day before the auction. Please see our Auctions section for dates, times and

An important part of the authentication process, provenance establishes the chain of ownership back (if possible) to the date an item was created. Provenance can significantly impact the value of an object.

Reserve or Reserve Price
Never formally disclosed, the reserve price is the confidential minimum price agreed upon between the consignor and Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC. Reserves must be set at or below the low estimate, and if bidding ends before the reserve is reached, the property will not be sold.

Immediately following every auction, results are posted online in the currency of the auction location. Customarily, results include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium.

 Sale Number
Every auction at Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC is given a unique number to distinguish it from previous and subsequent sales of similar properties. The initial letter of the sale number stands for the auction location: “L” stands for London, “N” stands for New York, etc. The sale number appears in every e-catalogue and on the cover of print catalogues, among other places.

 Seller’s Commission
A commission paid by the consignor to Sotheby’s, which is deducted from the hammer price.

An expert in a specific field of collecting who belongs to a department. Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC specialists are often scholars with distinguished careers; many of them publish extensively in their field, lecture widely, teach or curate international exhibitions.

 Telephone Bidding
Many buyers prefer to bid via phone, using a Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC representative who is present at the auction to relay bids to the auctioneer on their behalf.

A detailed description and current value of property prepared by Sotheby’s, Christie's, Artnet, Molina Art LLC staff. Valuations, which differ from auction estimates, are used for a variety of needs, including charitable contribution, collateral loans, estate taxes, estate planning and insurance.

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