Juan Alonso

Manes, 2019
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
61 x 41 in (154.94 x 104.14 cm)
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From the ongoing series "Los Muñecones", this large-scale painting on un-stretched canvas is based on Alonso-Rodriguez's childhood memories of Cuban Carnaval. “I remember passing by the floats getting ready for the grand parades on El Prado boulevard as I rode a bus to the airport bringing me to the US on March 2, 1966. Heavily rooted in African and pagan traditions, Carnaval included music, dance and visuals, bringing these arts directly to the public in an inclusive and celebratory way.” In addition to these intuitive, energetic works, Alonso-Rodriguez also creates meditative abstract paintings, sculptures, and public art installations. As a self-taught artist who has been creating since childhood, his art practice is a necessary form of mediation. Pattern, symmetry, nature, and his Caribbean origins all influence his art. Juan Alonso-Rodriguez emigrated from Cuba to Miami in 1966 and has been living in Seattle since 1982. He currently has a studio and gallery space in the TK Arts building located in Pioneer Square. Most recently, he received an individual Governor’s Arts Award from ArtsWA in November of 2019.
Manes by Juan Alonso

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