Juan Barroso・ Clay
Juan Barroso was born in Oklahoma and grew up in San Miguel Octopan, Guanajuato, Mexico. He received his BFA in art at the University of Oklahoma and his MFA in ceramics from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He was awarded the ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award in 2020. His ceramic work is represented by Companion Gallery. Barroso currently lives and works in Princeton, Texas.
“My work is about Mexican labor. This includes what immigrants do to survive and the immigrant experience at the border. With the current political situation in America, and immigration policies that dehumanize and force immigrants into the shadows, the humanization of immigrants is important. It becomes difficult to separate people into us or them when it becomes clear that we are all working and fighting to provide a shelter and a decent meal for ourselves, and often a family. As the son of immigrant parents, I hope to pay homage to my people and the dignity with which they work to make a living. I mix 2-dimensional imagery, influenced by personal narratives, with 3-dimensional functional forms.”