Jonathan Rex is an author and polymath scholar with dual European-American citizenship (United States and Poland). Born in August of 1981 and raised on U.S. military bases in California and the Philippines, he has been training in martial arts and participating in various competitive sports since the age of four. After receiving his High School diploma in 1999 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer in 2000 and later married his wife Natalia in 2004, enrolled with her in college in 2006, and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication at Pittsburg State University in 2010 and 2012.

As a sophomore in college in 2007 Rex introduced the idea for OsiyoTV, a first-of-its-kind Native American series. Conceptualizing both the Osiyo title and brand through dialogues with an elder from the council of the Cherokee Nation, the series premiered seven years later and has since gone on to win 22 Emmy awards. It is currently on its 8th season. After college Jonathan lived for three years with Natalia in Delray Beach, Florida where he worked in the Felony Department of the Fort Lauderdale Courthouse before moving to Kraków, Poland in May of 2015.

In 2022 Rex was interviewed by Emily Frances of I24 in Tel-Aviv, Israel about his maternal Cherokee ancestry and connections to the Bassano family of Venice and London through intermarriage between Sephardic Jews and Cherokee Indians. One year later, in March of 2023, his research led to the formal identification of two late 18th century Cherokee paintings by William Hodges that have been preserved in the Hunterian Art Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons in London since the 1790s.

On December 20, 2023 he was granted Polish citizenship by President Andrzej Duda and launched JonathanRex.com and the Vitruvian Rex channel on Youtube to document his life and share his work moving forward.

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