Juan Manuel Zaragoza Zuniga
University of Guanajuato, Mexico
Translated from the Artist Statement which was in Spanish
“My art is everything to me: it is the motor within that allows me to create; it supports not only my body but also my soul. I live and understand my life through lines, forms and color. I was born with an innate craving to create, and only then am I in my element: everything is more clear, more alive and fascinating.
My passion is to capture the activities of everyday life and of objects that surround me: I am fascinated by the play of light and shadow, and most importantly, by color with its incredible power to transform perception … and embellish the object.
My creativity has no limits: I require various topics, techniques and elements that call out and capture my attention. It is not rare to see a photograph next to a landscape or a still life … or a sculpture that can be realistic or abstract!
My preferred subjects are trees and women, but above all LIGHT. I consider myself an artist of light, for that it is always light that plays the most significant role in my art. I want to be a creator of visual dialogue where the spectator appreciates the value of artistic expression, regardless of form … I am convinced that “all is formed by the union of various and distinct parts”.
My work is a fragment of light, alive and inert the moment it is observed.”