The inspiration comes from the world around me and the events and issues that shape it.  The intention of the piece is to explore the passage of time and how it effects the structure and fragility of life, where without attention and care, those aspects that mean the most begin to deteriorate and decay.

Generally, I select my materials and processes based on the needs of the task at hand. I use them to find the best combination in order to achieve the desired result. I prefer using materials that allow for rapid application to the canvas so as to capture the initial outline of the concept of the project. Once this is complete, I then set about adding layers and texture to the image until it is complete.

The sides are finished according to the colour used nearest to the sides of the painting. Also this piece does not have wire.

This piece is composed of paper, charcoal, colored pencil and acrylic paint on a cradled wood panel. The sides of the piece are a continuation of the front. The work comes ready to hang.

- Juan Gabriel Peréz Botero aka JUGA

AmeRiCaN PiE

Paper, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic paint on wood

Signed on front and back

31.5" h x 23.6" w x 1" d
4 lbs. 6 oz.



Juan Gabriel Peréz Botero aka JUGA
Dosquebradas, Colombia

Getting to Know Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel Perez’s mixed media pieces, organized in lines and blocks of color, resemble a bird’s eye view of an urban area. Reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s abstract paintings, the work is clearly influenced by the landscape. The bright primary colors bring to mind the vibrancy of Juan’s native country, Colombia. There is energy in the way the shapes intersect and move around each other, with crisscrossing lines that create both balance and haphazardness. Juan’s artworks are assembled with a range of media. Among his application of acrylic paint and charcoal, you may notice a small stub of a pencil, an airplane boarding pass, or a crumbled piece of notepaper hidden within the compositions. The layers of imagery from torn newspapers and magazines create the effect of street posters, just as they are posted on top of each other and torn down in urban spaces. In a contemporary way, Juan conveys the rich and stimulating world around him through a mix of geometric and organic forms.