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Spotlight on River Basin muralist Juan Pablo Almonacid


Local artist and Fort Myers Mural Society member Juan Pablo Almonacid is one of the River Basin muralists. He painted Mural #25, the Menge Brothers Steamship Suwanee.

Born in Chicago in 1974 and raised in Fort Lauderdale, JP was consumed by drawing from an early age. During his adolescence, he was influenced by graphic and graffiti art. After graduating from high school in 1993, he was accepted into the Fine Arts program of the National University in Bogota, Columbia and completed a four-year apprenticeship in 2001 with Armando Villegas, a pioneer of Modern Art in Latin America. He was a full-time studio artist in Bogota, where he was represented by galleries participating in group and solo exhibitions and international art fairs.

Since returning to the United States in 2018, J.P. has dedicated himself to public art and muralism. His work has been commissioned by the City of Fort Myers and the Department of Education of New York City. In addition, he has been a lead artist and designer for mural companies in New York City, completing numerous commissions for Microsoft and Spotify, to name a few.

J.P. is currently completing work for a degree in digital media at Florida SouthWestern State College and eagerly works in public art and street art commissions. IG: @c_y_a_n_art.

July 24, 2023.

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