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 Juan Medina  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Mexico/France      Known for: trompe l'oeil painting

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Biography from David W. Streets~Beverly Hills~Fine Art/Appraisals:
Juan Medina has been invited eight years in a years in a row to exhibit his work at the Salon de la Nationale des Beaux-Arts Exhibition held at the Louvre Museum and sponsored each year by the president of France.  In his first Salon Exhibition, he was awarded a Silver Medal from the Society of Merit and Dedication of France in the field of the arts.

Medina is an artist who works on a grand scale.  His paintings have been exhibited throughout Mexico and the Unites States, including in such cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and New Orleans.

He strives for a three-dimensional effect in his paintings.  Using the style of trompe l’oeil,  he creates architectural elements that seem to project from the picture plane. Placed in this seemingly concrete settings are figures that appear at once to be of the flesh and of the spirit.  Medina’s imagery stems from the subconscious and raises questions about perceptions of spatial and chronological reality.

His winged figures suggest a quality of existence found in the “artistic a spirit”, a spirit desirous to free itself from material concerns of day-to–day existence.  The winged figure is the embodiment of the individual wanting to serve as deeper, more intangible need inside himself; that of his creativity and imagination.

In his paintings, Medina takes preconceived ideas of reality and turns them inside out; much like Alice experienced through the looking glass.  He utilizes numerous references to artistic and architectural styles throughout history.  These elements, in juxtaposition with contemporary models raise issues of the relativity of time.  He also creates doubt in perception of spatial reality as figures seem to break through the composition's borders and occupy another dimension.


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