Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, 08/25/19 - 08/25/19
Exhibition: Juan Cruz: A Retrospective
The Syracuse-based Puerto Rican artist combines rich symbolism with a bold and colorful abstract style to create work infused with his Caribbean heritage. From his portrait paintings to abstract collages, Cruz uses the emotional realities of his past to articulate his feelings about economic inequality and systematic injustice.
Moving from Puerto Rico to Manhattan’s Lower East Side and subsequent travels to Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and Central America have had a major impact on Cruz’s work, reflecting a mixture of cultural heritage and life experiences. His paintings have evolved into complex amalgamations of figurative and abstract forms.