Juan Cruz describes his process of art making as culling from his life experiences to recreate his interpretation of reality as an artist of color. Sifting through long held religious and spiritual beliefs, societal issues such as gentrification and perceived borders, Cruz utilizes feelings of sentimentality, passion and aggression to adapt traditional Mexican imagery and colors to his contemporary visual language. Oil paint, mixed media, printmaking and charcoal are his chosen tools as he creates layered yet guttural stories. Juan works closely with Fred on several community art projects targeted to children through The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of North Texas in 2019 and was selected as our featured artist in RADAR IV 2018 and Rising Star 2018 benefiting The Turner House.