Juana (Sevilla, 1959) is a self-taught artist based in Barcelona whose work is an inspiring example of outsider art. Juana’s journey spans 21 years during which she’s developed a unique style always revolving around two major themes: urban space and human bodies. Her work has been shown in more than 60 solo and collective exhibitions, and awarded internationally.
Being the eldest girl in a family of seven in rural Andalucia, orphaned at 13, Juana's life is a story of resilience, and pursuing art has brought a meditative calm to her life. That meditative calm is also reflected in her artwork and her characteristic style.
As a woman with no connection to the art world, she infiltrated the artistic circle of Barcelona after years of solo creation. At Agrupacion de Acuarelistas de Catalunya Juana was greeted by the astounding work of master watercolor artists like Vicenc Ballestar and Manel Planas, who inspired her to use of watercolor in abstract ways.
In 2004, a trip to Venice would forever change her conception of light and composition and led to the idea of folding paper which transformed her work into three-dimensional objects.
Find Juana at her Barcelona or LA-based studio.