Artist Talk: Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez


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Artist Juan Carlos in front of a wall splashed with paint

Artist Talk: Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez

Born in 1969, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was exposed to art at an early age in the form of graffiti art and aerosol based mural paintings. After being commissioned for his first public mural, his career progressed with further commissions. He was eventually selected, through a rigorous interview process, to join the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Torso Project” in 1992 by world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham.

Muñoz Hernandez continues to work at the esteemed Robert Graham Studio today, and has worked on several internationally acclaimed public works including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C., the Duke Ellington Memorial in New York, the Charlie Parker Memorial in Kansas City, and the doors of Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.

Muñoz Hernandez’s works range in materials from acrylic, ink, pigment on paper, wood, and canvas, to multi-dimensional cast, and fabricated bronze with patina and powder-coat. His work has been included in numerous museum and gallery shows over the past twenty years such as The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA), the OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, and The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH).

Paseo Project’s 2020 Artist in Residence, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, will be coming to Taos for a rescheduled residency to install a series of murals for two weeks in July. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the summer 2020 residency was rescheduled for 2021. In collaboration with Taos youth, including DreamTree Project, these murals will be inspired and colored by our community.

The Paseo Project Artist in Residence Program is an opportunity for working artists to bring their projects to our diverse community of Northern New Mexico.. As part of the residency, artists must include a social engagement component to their work. Past residents include Jessica Blinkhorn for 2021, La Pocha Nostra in 2019, and Laurelin Kruse in 2018.

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