Biography

Juan Ernesto Requena is a Venezuelan born artist with his studio practice in Mumbai and Miami.

Through textile, powder, film, sound and digital works he provides a visual narrative of his life on themes that revolve around memory, nature and human condition.

Juan obtained his Diplôme National Supérieur d'Arts Plastiques, from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France in 2006. He was mentored by Christian Boltanski and they have collaborated and exhibited together in Paris and Venezuela. Juan has lived and worked in London, Lausanne, Florence, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City and Shanghai. In 2012, he moved to Mumbai, India where he received his MFA from the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art. Since 2016 he lives and works in Miami. 

Juan has exhibited at Colección Mercantil, Fundación Teléfónica and Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela; Artpace, San Antonio, U.S.A; Freies Museum Berlin, Germany and Passage de Retz, Paris, France, to name a few. He was part of the artist collective that exhibited at the inaugural Kochi Biennale at Mattancherry Palace, Kochi, India in 2012 and recently exhibited at the Tout Monde Festival 2019 in Miami presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA.  

Juan considers himself an archivist whose goal is to preserve human history.