Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas and has been interested in art since early childhood. He focused on art in high school, and after a stint in the Air Force, moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he began taking art classes at Olympic College. He now holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington (1994), where he majored in sculpture and minored in painting and drawing. Juan has shown his work in numerous art exhibits, performance pieces and installations, in the Pacific Northwest and across the US.

His work is diverse, including many forms of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Juan’s "Recurring Dream" installation included over 17 of his life size 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 Olympic College Community Scholarship and the Artists Trust Fellowship, which he received in 1994. 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 in Bremerton, WA. He also hosts seminars, lectures, workshops, and critique groups.

He currently resides in Bremerton, WA and is retired from the Central Kitsap School District where he taught children with special needs.

Juan is available for commissions.