|Born in Cuba, Juan grew up and spent a large portion of his life in New York City.
Following graduation from CCNY and The Fashion institute of Technology, he taught design at F.I.T.,
Miami Dade, College of Fine Arts, FIDM and Design and Architecture.
Through his career Juan has been associated with major design houses such as Tiffany’s, Nino Cerruti,
and Willi Smith to name only a few.
His extensive travels throughtout Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia have had a major influence on his
After driving across country from Miami, Juan settled in Palm Springs where he currently lives with Nynja, his
exotic Xoloitzcuintli, while continuing his art, mentoring students and volunteering for Desert AIDS Project.
“I pluck ideas like fields of wild flowers from North Africa to the thrift shops of the West Coast. I arrange objects
how I see them in my imagination. What I see in objects is their beauty not their value. Arranging them is what
makes them worthy of their beauty.”
• “Cafe” Gallery of Contemporary Art in University of Colorado
• “Revisiting Cuba - Legacy of a Diaspora” Gallery of The College of the Desert
• Metamorphosis Gallery - Arizona
Barcelona, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Berkley, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Springs, Portland, Colorado Springs.
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