Born 1966, Mexico
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 1998
Juan Aguilera immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of eight. His pride in his heritage is apparent in his paintings and sculptures, as well as in the vignettes of rural life depicted in his drawings and linocuts. In addition to these pastoral themes, Aguilera fuses female imagery with flowering plants and other organic content - a gesture that the artist describes as being a symbolic nod to the matriarch and the life cycle, specifically as it pertains to birth. Using images of women in Victoria’s Secret catalogs, Aguilera pays particular attention to the underwear; the garments transcend their everyday utility and are re-imagined into beautifully rendered feminine icons.
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Ace Hotel, New York
Common Threads, 836M Gallery, San Francisco
The New Parkway, Oakland
John Hiltunen + 1, Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco