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 with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals and General Mills among many others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College. His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, three 4 Culture Individual Artist Grants, ArtSpace’s 2016 DeJunius Hughes Award for Activism, the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant, a 2019 Artist Trust Fellowship and the 2019 Washington Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist. Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.