Juan Alonso-Rodríguez pursues an on-going exploration of abstraction based on forms both found in nature and those conceived by human ingenuity. Specifically, the artist is interested in, as he describes, “the tug-of-war between the natural and the man-made landscape.” He is influenced by balanced, perceived symmetry, growth, decay, patterns, surfaces, history, and weathered beauty. Memories of the sights and sounds of his Caribbean origins always play an integral part in his artistic process as he merges aspects of his Cuban background with his American cultural experience.
In recent years Juan has had the opportunity to create both studio work and public art projects. This has enabled him to challenge preconceived notions about the acceptance of art by the general public and the capability of the solitary studio artist engaging in collaborative ventures. Juan explains: “As a believer that art and artists have the ability to inspire social well-being, I welcome the balance between the introspection necessary to formulate ideas in the solitude of the studio, and the gift of sharing some of the benefits with society."
Cuban-born Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a self-taught artist living and working in Seattle, Washington. His prolific career spans over three decades and he has exhibited work widely throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. He has work in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish and Harborview Hospitals, and General Mills among others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, and Renton Technical College. His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Awards, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, two 4Culture Individual Grants, Artspace’s 2016 DeJunius Hughes Award for Activism, and the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant. Juan currently serves as a Seattle Arts Commissioner and is a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee.