Jason Erik Meiojas, a longtime resident of the Venice and Santa Monica area, has died. He was 26.

Born June 2, 1985, Meiojas passed away Oct. 15 with his family by his side.

Meiojas loved riding his bike or skating to Venice Beach, and as a trained gymnast, he loved playing on the rings at Santa Monica Beach.

He also loved to travel, having been to the East Coast, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Montreal.

Meiojas, who spent a few semesters studying art at Santa Monica College and Otis College of Art and Design, was a talented artist and loved exploring different mediums. His playful and sensitive nature came through in his artwork, which included acrylic paint, spray paint or Sharpies on canvas, wood, fabric, walls or cigar boxes, family members said.

Meiojas will be remembered for his kindness, smile, laugh, talent, and his loving and affectionate spirit, his family said. He was someone who accepted others for who they were, as evidenced by his large circle of friends from all walks of life.

Meiojas was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Terrell, in 2007. He is survived by his father, John, of Marina del Rey, sister, Lara, of Culver City, and brother, Alex, of Torrance, as well as uncles, aunts and cousins throughout Los Angeles, Argentina, Miami and Australia.