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Fatal Waves

Juan Travieso

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Fatal Waves by Juan Travieso
Fine-art Giclée print on Italian cold-press watercolor paper
24 x 30 Inches
Limited Edition of 50
Signed & Numbered
Printed with by Paragon Press
Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery
Photograph by Alex de Vries Magnifico
"Fatal Waves" by Juan Travieso (USA) highlights the iconic polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and humanity's imprint on Arctic habitats. Polar bears are the world's largest land predator and posterchild of global climate change. They spend most of their lives on sea ice and are hence marine mammals. The ongoing loss of sea ice due to the changing global climate threatens their habitat. For this reason, polar bears are classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Artist Statement

"Polar Bears are facing many forms of danger, but one of the biggest threats they face is oil. Due to oil exploration in the Arctic, the Polar Bear population is declining. As oil and gas reserves in the south dry up, it is becoming more common to see exploration happening in the Arctic. Unfortunately, we have not yet discovered an effective way to clean or control an oil spill under the challenging weather conditions that the Arctic puts forth, and as a result, we see the destruction of habitat, reduced insulation, and poisoning in the region and among the animals. The added stress on the Polar Bear's environment will continue to accelerate the speed at which they are going extinct, which is precisely what inspired this painting. The piece is meant to bring awareness to the danger this beautiful animal faces and the urgency for us to take responsibility and begin making choices that protect them."
- Juan Travieso -

Artist Bio

Juan Travieso is an artist based in Miami and New York.  His work explores notions of impermanence and decay through a combined language of pop, realism, and abstraction. Figures, be them humans or animals, are broken up into spaces and forms much like 3d models, speaking to both their temporality and transition into the digital age.  Juan's exhibited in nine different Art Museums nationwide. These include exhibitions at The Ft Lauderdale Museum, Orlando Museum, MOAH, Honolulu Museum Art School, Cornell Museum, Berkshire Museum, and Naples Museum of Art. Travieso transposes his work on endangered animal species with works relating to his own childhood and experiences growing up in Cuba.  What were abstractions interacting with disappearing animals before, are now figures of vanishing and transforming ideologies and culture.  His paintings involve images ranging from propaganda and cartoons to the iconic figures of the Cuban revolution. Woven inside is the personal and how these personal and cultural icons are in constant conflict and transformation. Ambitious and daring are qualities in the very flesh of his work. Travieso is a dynamic maker he approaches painting with great appetite and produces a feast for the eyes and mind. His work brings together important historical moments, and with totally free will his comments are uncensored on society and art. Juan Travieso is a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami Florida, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. Most recently he received a Masters of Fine Arts from The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.  He has had numerous exhibitions in New York, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, as well as internationally. His work is included in multiple collections throughout the United States and other parts of the world.

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