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Juan C Pinto

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J Carlos Pinto is a self represented artist from Guatemala who has been working for the past 12 years in New York, and his art is as expressive as his native and lush, colorful Central American nation. Pinto’s artwork is also poignantly aggressive and projects a revolutionary declaration. The scope of his art covers abstract painting, tile work, wood work, stencil spray, and use of non-biodegradable plastic and glass. Most of Pinto’s media comes from salvaged material and found objects Pinto’s use of plastic is unique and pulsates with hidden significance. He uses discarded plastic Metro Cards, which he dices and cuts into different shapes and pastes together to form pictures and messages. The idea of using these non-biodegradable cards is to reinforce recycling and prolonging its use indefinitely while providing the artist with a source free material. It is also a way of reminding us about the danger this material can cause if left to seep into the earth. Pinto uses broken tile and glass to create mosaics, using the spectrum of colors to impart rich visualizations of his subjects. His weaving of color is also prominent in his folk oriented handicrafts, such as Mayan inspired masks, painted gourds, as well as abstract paintings that, like a mirage, play with the imagination. Issues such as human and animal rights, environmental preservation, and empowerment of minorities are frequently incorporated into Pinto’s work. He is also planning a series of murals and public art in Brooklyn, New York. Pinto’s art exudes confidence, energy and challenge. It draws one into a dual world of playfulness and social responsibility. His legacy, as he sees it, is to be known as an artist who demands change to a Green Revolution.

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