Juan Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas and has been involved in art since early childhood. While in high school he focused on art and it wasn’t until after a stint in the Air Force when he moved to the Pacific Northwest that he was able to begin art classes at Olympic College. He now holds a BFA from the University of Washington where he majored in sculpture and minored in painting and drawing. Juan has shown his work in numerous art exhibits, performance pieces and installations, not only here in the Northwest but also across the states.
His work is diverse, including many forms of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Juan’s “Recurring Dream” installation included over 17 of his paper people which he constructed using an original technique he developed. He also sculpts with traditional media but will often use any materials he deems possible for the construction of sculpture. Much of Juan’s work portrays his real life experiences such as the “Desperation of Solitude” wire pieces, a powerful reflection of his work with severely challenged individuals.
Juan has received several awards and scholarships over the years, including the Artists Trust Fellowship. Currently he teaches drawing classes and hosts a life drawing group at his studio, which is located in the lower level of the Amy Burnett Gallery. Seminars, lectures, workshops, and critique groups are also presented there.
He currently resides in Bremerton and is employed by the Central Kitsap School District where he works with special needs children. Juan exhibits his work in his studio during the Bremerton gallery walk and is also available for commissions.