Juan “Joon” Alvarado graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2007. Since then, he hasshown his collections at the Museum of Latin American Art, La Luz de Jesus, and was afeatured artist (and winner) for Secret Walls and PowWow! Joon’s art reflects his upbringing inLos Angeles, and is heavily influenced by graffiti, animation, Japanese woodblock art, andcomic books.
Joon creates pieces that capture moments of solace, while being immersed within chaoticenvironments. As a resident of greater Los Angeles, he notices these moments occur on a daily basis(being stuck in traffic, waiting in lines, etc.). He realized that although one may live in apopulated area, often times you can still feel completely alone. His motif often reflects anexposed midsection, signifying that we are all slowly dying in one way or another. His colorfulsmoke bubbles express moments that you often wish could be articulated, but have the lack ofwords to express.