Born in Mexico City, Juan Luna-Avin is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines individual and collective identities. His practice includes mixed media paintings and drawings, sculpture, and video. He has also explored subcultures, obscure histories, informal economies, and the art of counterfeiting and piracy through his music-themed projects.
He has participated in the Mexicali Biennial, Zero1 Biennial, Chicana/o Biennial, and exhibitions at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Queen’s Nails Annex/Projects, Gallery 16, Galeria de la Raza, Southern Exposure, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Riverside Art Museum, Y Gallery (NY), Casa del Lago (Mexico City), and Ceroinspiracion (Quito, Ecuador). In addition, he was a longtime member of Club Unicornio, a collective of artists-DJs who play underground, kitschy, and experimental music from Latin America.
He holds an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University and a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was an Osher Scholar. He is also a recipient of a Suzanne Baruch Lewis MFA Grant and a McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Visual and Public Art department at California State University, Monterey Bay.
A CV is available here.