Juan R. Fuentes is a graduate of San Francisco State University. He has taught at the Mission Campus/City College SF, the California College of the Arts, Oakland CA and was visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute’s print department. Juan was also director of Mission Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Inspired by the Chicano Movement and mentors Rupert Garcia and Malaquias Montoya, Juan has dedicated his art as a cultural activist to supporting and being part of a global movement for social change. His silkscreen posters and relief prints have addressed many issues as they relate to communities of color, social justice, racism, and international struggles for liberation. Juan’s studio Pájaro Editions is part of Consejo Gráfico, a national collective of Latino print studios. His prints and posters reside in various institutions and museums including, the Mexican Museum, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., San Francisco Fine Arts Museum, the Library of Congress, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles and CEMA, the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, University of Santa Barbara. Works have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
Juan R. Fuentes • Superstitions, 2016 Linocut
When I was a young man, I remember stories told at home by my mother of various superstitions. One being that if you swept dirt out the door at night you would conjure up the spirits. So far, I have never had the nerve to actually try this, but maybe you will.
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