Join me in welcoming Oaxacan artist, Iohan Figueroa, to Portland as he presents his latest collection, NEW FRIENDS | NEW HABITATS. Sip on mezcal and enjoy delicious mole empanadas by Wyld Bread as you mingle with Iohan.
MEET THE ARTIST
Iohan’s artistic career began at the Rufino Tamayo School of Fine Arts, in Oaxaca, Mexico, a place renowned for its culture, traditions and great recognition for its school of artists, who have left a very important mark on Mexican art.
During his career Iohan has opened his mind to different influences, finding his inspiration in many cultures. He studied at Forma Ceramic School in Barcelona, Spain, where he improved his ceramic skills and continued to develop them at Girona School in Medellin, Colombia. During this time, Iohan, also attended Lucas Restrepo Atelier, working for the first time with metals such as silver, gold, and bronze.
Iohan has a special relationship with nature. He collects tree barks, leaves, flowers, insects, exploring their colors, shapes, and textures. He's inspired by the desire to keep them alive by giving them perpetuity in time.
Iohan's work is immensely influenced by Mexican folklore. His art evokes the essence of Mexico.