Juan C. Giraldo

<em>Dad (Winter), Paterson, NJ</em>

Juan C. Giraldo, Dad (Winter), Paterson, NJ, 2020, Archival pigment print, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist

<em>Mom (Day after Thanksgiving), Paterson, NJ</em>

Juan C. Giraldo, Mom (Day after Thanksgiving), Paterson, NJ, 2019, Archival pigment print, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the artist

Juan Giraldo is a photographer currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY; he received his MFA in May of 2015 from Columbia College’s photography department. He was born in Manizales, Colombia and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He received his BFA with a concentration in photography in May of 2009 from William Paterson University. Awards include The Hopper Prize, The Center for Photography at Woodstock A-I-R Program, Dwight D. Follett Fellowship Full Tuition Award from Columbia College Chicago, Honorable Mention in, En Foco’s, People Places and Things. Exhibitions include The Universal, curated by Gregory Harris, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL, Expresiones Latinx II, Morris Art, Morristown, NJ Center Forward 2018, Curated by Kris Graves, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Can't Take You Anywhere, Resident Arts National Juried Exhibition, Curated by Anna Wehrwein & Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Columbia, MO, Palm Photo Prize at London’s House of Vans, London, UK, Flesh/Water, Curated by Kelly Ciurej, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, HATCH, Curated by Zora J Murff MEDICI Gallery, Richards Hall University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE, Context: Art & Documentary, Curated by Noah Addis, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, Photolucida: Critical Mass Top 50, Curated by David Rosenberg, Artwork Network Gallery, Denver, CO Eyes on Main Street, Curated by Régina Monfort & Jerome Deperlinghi, Wilson, NC, Aqui, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL, Art Now 2016: New Directions in Contemporary Photography, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI The Fine Art of Photography, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA Perceived Realities 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago President’s Residence (solo show),Paterson Art Walk, Aljira Fine Art (group shows), What Work Is, Englewood Library (solo show), Figurative Impulse, Oualie Arts Gallery, and What Work Is, American Labor Museum (solo show). His artistic practice explores, verisimilitude through Identity, Dignity & Allegory. This is done through long term photo projects where he loosk at the personal lives/spaces of working-class people of color. Giraldo is interested in people’s intimate spaces the way they can reveal the textures of a working life. The work is (a reflection of the reverence for the work that inspired Giraldo) be it – Courbet, Goya, Daumier and how they rendered light, the way Diego Rivera painted the proletariat, Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s color photographs, Kerry James Marshall’s large-scale paintings, and Dawoud Bey’s empathy with his subjects.

Juan C. Giraldo