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  • Juan Aguilera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1966. He lived there until immigrating to California around the age of eleven. Juan joined the Creative Growth Studio in 1988, and embarked upon a long career, developing a deeply personal and expressive style that reflects his veneration of the divine feminine.

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  • Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings... Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings... Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings... Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings... Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings... Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings...

    Juan calls upon a canon of symbols and media to create artwork that is reminiscent of retablos - devotional paintings in Mexican folk art. For Juan, the significance of his imagery is similarly reverential, yet he chooses to replace traditional Catholic iconography with women’s underwear and nude female bodies. The feminine, to Juan, is of the utmost divinity and represents qualities that he greatly admires - ornamentation and freedom. 

     

    Flowers, birds, and butterflies often accompany the women and undergarments in Juan’s artwork. He explains their meanings poetically, believing in the power of their symbiosis:

     

    “Birds, butterflies, and dragonflies fertilize and pollinate flowers, flowers make honey. 

    Birds and butterflies heal flowers. They make flowers colorful like bright green, sky blue. 

    Birds and butterflies eat honey. 

    Flowers are turquoise, orange, and dark yellow. 

    Birds make flowers dark grey with turquoise. 

    Flowers have perfume, honey perfume.

    Flowers have planet names because they have cosmic colors like purple, pink and orange. 

    Jupiter and Venus have purple and blue water that comes from the flowers.”

     

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  • Juan’s assemblage practice begins with the collection of lace, jewels, beads, sequins, and buttons to adorn the central object: panties.... Juan’s assemblage practice begins with the collection of lace, jewels, beads, sequins, and buttons to adorn the central object: panties.... Juan’s assemblage practice begins with the collection of lace, jewels, beads, sequins, and buttons to adorn the central object: panties....

    Juan’s assemblage practice begins with the collection of lace, jewels, beads, sequins, and buttons to adorn the central object: panties. After several layers of paint, magazine images, and precious objects, Juan adds a final coat of self-leveling clear gel to immortalize the composition and seal the lingerie like a relic. Each of the finished works are shrines, miraculous and imbued with Juan’s spirituality. To the viewer, they surpass the earthly realm and offer a portal to the heavenly dimension of the universal feminine.

     

     

     

     

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  • Juan’s dream is to have a factory that produces women’s underwear. He imagines a bustling workshop where exquisite garments of his own design are made on special machines with bright silks and colorful thread. He wrote about his admiration for the craft and his vision of “regional chones” in this feature from the Creative Growth magazine. 

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    Guia de Turismo de los Chones de Flores y Mariposas de Guanajuato

    En el estadode Guanajuato hay chones muy bonitos, con flores y mariposas brillantes que vale la pena ver. Mi chon favorito está en la ciudad de Santa Fe. Seguido por el chone que se encuentra en la ciudad de Juan Vegs. Estos chones son hechos en Hong Kong y China también. Hay un nopal que le gusta vestirse con chones en la ciudad de MJuicqjaorn. También si vistas la ciudad de Colón, hay un chon muy bonito. El chon de Dolores Hildalgo, viene directo de la Ciudad de México, DF. Ese chon lo hacen en máquinas especiales de bordado. En SanLus Potosi, cerca de Fresnillo hay otro chon que es interesante por su bordado, también hecho en máquinas especiales. En Piedad hay otro chon que es hecho de puntitos en máquinas exportadas. En Jalisco hay uno verde que es especial porque es hecho con máquinas especiales de computadoras, y tiene mariposas. Eojiodo hay un chon azul de flores hecho en máquinas que bordan puntitos, vale la pena ver este chon porque tienen hilo brillante. En Cluflom el chon es hecho a mano por artesanos Guanajuatenses. El de Canreipe es hecho de máquinas que bordan puntos gruesos los chones también los hacen en la ciudad Morelia.

    En Guanajuato los límites de las ciudades están marcados por cintas rojas con rosas y encaje blanco. Los chones más famosos son hechos por Juan Aguilera Vásquez, estos los pueden encontrar en Morelia, México. No son tan caros, valen 200 pesos cada uno. Los chones Juan Aguilera Vásquez se pueden ordenar por el Internet, valen como 5.87 dólares. No se olvide de comprarse unos cuando viste Guanajuato, son elegantes, brillantes y cómodos.

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    Tourist Guide of Guanajuato's Flowers and Butterflies Underwear

    In the state of Guanajuato you can find very nice underwear with bright flowers and butterflies that are worth seeing. My favorite undies you can find in the city of Santa Fe. Followed by the undies in the city of Juan Vegs. These panties are made in Hong Kong and China too. In the city of MJuicqjaorn there is a nopal cactus that likes to wear panties. Also if you visit the city of Colon, there are very nice undies that are worth seeing. The undies at Dolores Hildalgo come directly from Mexico City, DF. These undies are made in special embroidery machines. The undies made in SanLus Potosi, near Fresnillo, are very interesting, the embroidery of these undies are also made in special machines. In Piedad there are undies that are made of dots in exported machines. In Jalisco there are green panties that are very unique because they are made with special computer machines that embroider butterflies. In Eojiodo there are blue undies full of embroidered flowers that are made in machines that embroider dots. It is worth seeing these undies because of their bright thread. In Cluflom the undies are handmade by artisans. The Canreipe undies are made in machines that embroider thick points. These undies are made in the city of Morelia.

    In Guanajuato, cities mark their borders using red roses, ribbons, and white lace. The most famous panties are made by Juan Aguilera Vásquez and can be found in Morelia, Mexico. They are not so expensive; they are worth 200 pesos each. The Juan Aguilera Vásquez undies can be ordered online for $5.87. Do not forget to buy some when you visit Guanajuato, they are elegant, bright, and comfortable.

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    Tourist Guide of Guanajuato's Flowers and Butterflies Underwear

    In the state of Guanajuato you can find very nice underwear with bright flowers and butterflies that are worth seeing. My favorite undies you can find in the city of Santa Fe. Followed by the undies in the city of Juan Vegs. These panties are made in Hong Kong and China too. In the city of MJuicqjaorn there is a nopal cactus that likes to wear panties. Also if you visit the city of Colon, there are very nice undies that are worth seeing. The undies at Dolores Hildalgo come directly from Mexico City, DF. These undies are made in special embroidery machines. The undies made in SanLus Potosi, near Fresnillo, are very interesting, the embroidery of these undies are also made in special machines. In Piedad there are undies that are made of dots in exported machines. In Jalisco there are green panties that are very unique because they are made with special computer machines that embroider butterflies. In Eojiodo there are blue undies full of embroidered flowers that are made in machines that embroider dots. It is worth seeing these undies because of their bright thread. In Cluflom the undies are handmade by artisans. The Canreipe undies are made in machines that embroider thick points. These undies are made in the city of Morelia.

    In Guanajuato, cities mark their borders using red roses, ribbons, and white lace. The most famous panties are made by Juan Aguilera Vásquez and can be found in Morelia, Mexico. They are not so expensive; they are worth 200 pesos each. The Juan Aguilera Vásquez undies can be ordered online for $5.87. Do not forget to buy some when you visit Guanajuato, they are elegant, bright, and comfortable.


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    Guia de Turismo de los Chones de Flores y Mariposas de Guanajuato

    En el estadode Guanajuato hay chones muy bonitos, con flores y mariposas brillantes que vale la pena ver. Mi chon favorito está en la ciudad de Santa Fe. Seguido por el chone que se encuentra en la ciudad de Juan Vegs. Estos chones son hechos en Hong Kong y China también. Hay un nopal que le gusta vestirse con chones en la ciudad de MJuicqjaorn. También si vistas la ciudad de Colón, hay un chon muy bonito. El chon de Dolores Hildalgo, viene directo de la Ciudad de México, DF. Ese chon lo hacen en máquinas especiales de bordado. En SanLus Potosi, cerca de Fresnillo hay otro chon que es interesante por su bordado, también hecho en máquinas especiales. En Piedad hay otro chon que es hecho de puntitos en máquinas exportadas. En Jalisco hay uno verde que es especial porque es hecho con máquinas especiales de computadoras, y tiene mariposas. Eojiodo hay un chon azul de flores hecho en máquinas que bordan puntitos, vale la pena ver este chon porque tienen hilo brillante. En Cluflom el chon es hecho a mano por artesanos Guanajuatenses. El de Canreipe es hecho de máquinas que bordan puntos gruesos los chones también los hacen en la ciudad Morelia.

    En Guanajuato los límites de las ciudades están marcados por cintas rojas con rosas y encaje blanco. Los chones más famosos son hechos por Juan Aguilera Vásquez, estos los pueden encontrar en Morelia, México. No son tan caros, valen 200 pesos cada uno. Los chones Juan Aguilera Vásquez se pueden ordenar por el Internet, valen como 5.87 dólares. No se olvide de comprarse unos cuando viste Guanajuato, son elegantes, brillantes y cómodos.

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  • Beloved in the Creative Growth Studio, Juan serenades his fellow artists with original poetry and music. He wrote the following song, Pulpito, especially for this presentation, accompanied by Creative Growth Studio Instructor Mady Covey and his family.