Juan Carlos Valdiviezo Ramirez (B.1981)

The Urban Shaman

Juan Carlos Valdiviezo Ramírez is an urban shaman, born in Machala in the south of Ecuador.

Raised in a rural area, with a tropical climate full of a rich biodiversity and indigenous traditions, JuanCarlos learned from both the old and the new. 

A strong sense of ancestral ties and modern society full of indigenous traditions and Western conventions forged a complicated mix of a slightly displaced character who can make the city as much a home as the jungle.

JuanCa´s fascination with prehispanic art and his sense of integrity and responsibility for his role as an artist and what this means in contemporary society all builds on top of a profound depth of culture. An inquiring mind and conviction in his practise make for a diverse range of works. Unafraid to shy away from the basic elements of humanity, JuanCarlos often confronts topics such as sexuality and violence.

His professional training began in Barcelona, at the School of Applied Arts La Llotja, where he gained a Higher Degree in sculpture. Since then he has exhibited his works in Barcelona City Council, civic centers and galleries.