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Juan M. Lopez-Bautista

Juan M. Lopez-Bautista

Juan López-Bautista is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Faculty Fellow at The University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was recently elected as the 2013 president of the Phycological Society of America and his most recent project funded by the National Science Foundation is the assembling of the tree of life for green and red algae. He is currently pursuing his MFA degree at the University of Alabama.

Juan M. Lopez-Bautista was born at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico in a Mexican port city. His childhood was filled with a profusion of aromas, cultures, colorful fruits and flowers, tropical storms, seaweed and sunlit seas. He moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies in painting and he is now a professor and director of the Cuba Center at The University of Alabama. He describes his works as organic or biomorphic abstractions. His present series deals with contemporary social discourses on immigration.

Statement: “My artwork explores the search for a Mexican-American self-identity. The journey that I undertook to become a visual artist includes the personal and social challenges that I face as an immigrant. Beauty is employed in my artwork as a pathway to introduce my individual concerns on contemporary conflicts. I find resonance between my artwork and the divided political discourse of today. Organic forms are used in my mixed media paintings to signify the threads of the fabric of our society. The resulting matrices are metaphors for the strengths and gaps of the many layers that conform our American culture. I envision my abstract paintings as human landscapes, where issues of race, separation, injustice, survival, resilience and pursuit of happiness occupies the same pictorial space.”