: Born 1952
, Chicago, IL
: Lives in New York.
Roberto Juarez has been an important figure in the American art scene since his first solo exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery in 1981. He was known for his painterly floral motifs, influenced by his many travels and interest in the traditions of Hispanic and non-Western painting. Since 2000, and his move from Miami to New York, he has incorporated geometric systems into his paintings and prints. This recent work demonstrates a game-like playfulness in its loosely repetitive patterns.
Juarez has completed two new lithographs, "Alex V.P." and "Datura V.P.", and a series of unique prints that combine painting on paper and woodcut. Using sacred geometric structures (Vesica Piscis –intersecting circles of equal size) Juarez builds grids that crisscross one another and combine to achieve new forms. Abutting and entangling this geometry are loosely painted brush marks and washes of color. Back and forth, reverse and inverse, Juarez creates visual systems of contrasting parts.
Juarez’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
He won the Prix de Rome in 1997 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001-2002.
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