Thursday, March 19, 2020

Juan Travieso's Unique Style of Painting Endangered Animals

Juan Travieso is a street artist born in Cuba in 1987 and now lives in New York. He earned his graduate degree from New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, and recently received a Masters of Fine Arts from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston.

His subject matter ranges from human as well as animal portraits painted in bold colors, geometric shapes, and three dimensional effects. His birds look as if they are a part of a collage that has been re-stuck together. His work is inspired by Surrealism, abstract expressionism, and his Cuban origins mixed in with his life experiences with shapes and colors while growing up. Animals are the primary theme of his work and his aim is to spread the awareness about the preservation of wild species through his work. He has been focused on endangered species for the last 7 years.

"Wildlife protection is so important to me. If we don’t do anything what will we leave to our children? Just memories? I don’t want that! Animal species such as tigers, wolves, birds … are a part of a whole called earth and they are endangered. Everyone needs to be involved now, as very soon it will be too late, my art is my contribution to this fight” - via.

The artist has exhibited his work in different museums in the US and internationally including Berkshire Museum, MOAH Museum, Naples Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale Museum, Honolulu Museum Art School, Orlando Museum, and Cornell Museum. He has worked in collaboration with French sparkling water brand Perrier in designing limited edition cans and bottles. You can visit his online store for originals, limited edition art prints, and phone cases.