RADAMES ‘JUNI’ FIGUEROA |PROYECTOS ULTRAVIOLETA
Radamés ‘Juni’ Figueroa, Cocos Friiios, 2019, Proyectos Ultravioleta
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa was born in 1982 in Puerto Rico and he lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Juan and in 2013 completed the Programa La Practica, Beta Local in San Juan. His work navigates the tropical, by developing spaces that promote interaction between the audience and art practice. He works in installation, readymade, painting and drawing. In addition to his work as an artist, he has been a speaker for institutions and art fairs, such as NADA in New York, and has acted as co-curator of the First and Second Tropical Biennials of San Juan in 2012 and 2016. In recent years he has participated in the Whitney Biennial (NY, USA), has been resident at Malba Museum and La Ene (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and has presented his solo exhibition Naguabo Rainbow, Daguao Enchumbao, Fango Fireflies at the Sculpture Center (NY, USA).
The “Tree House-Casa Club” in Naguabo, Puerto Rico that Juni constructed in 2013 is emblematic of his larger body of work: it is created out of the surrounding environment as it is made from materials found in the tropical rainforest in which it is located and the San Juan streets on which the artist grew up, but it also transforms its locale in that its construction acts as a performance yielding a finished product that is not closed, but active, accessible and celebratory.
Currently he is working on a commission for a year long installation in the High Line in NY, which is set to open in May.