Juan Mora

Assistant Professor, Printmaking, Art and Art History

Juan Mora


Juan de Dios Mora was born in Yahualica, Mexico. In 1998, his family immigrated to the United States. Mora attended middle school and high school in Laredo, TX. In 2007, Mora moved to San Antonio to continue his studies. In 2009, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and a Master of Fine Arts specializing in Printmaking in 2011. He acquired both degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). To this day, he is working in the art department at UTSA as an Assistant Professor of art.

Mora concentrates in the printmaking technique of relief to create narratives of Mexican-American experiences. His experiences living along the border (US and Mexico) provide an awaking of social and political concepts that heavily influence his artistic, aesthetic and conceptual ideas. His artworks’ concepts tell a story of individuals in a surreal and comical exaggeration of the survival instincts. The artwork reveals ingenuity and resourcefulness by improvising and using the available materials, tools, and objects into workable, fashionable, and stylized features.

Mora has been included in exhibitions across United States, Mexico, and Japan. Venues featuring his work are National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin TX; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan; Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL; The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Dallas, TX; ). Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Whatcom Museum, St, Bellingham, WA; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among others.

Institutions that have acquired his work include, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, OR; McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX; University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; The Smithsonian America Art Museum, Washington, DC; The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Dallas, TX.

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