Mexican artist, works with organic forms of nature, botany, and zoology; those are the most recurrent themes in his work and also his main sources of inspiration.
"The necessity to make a botanical record of the flora that is on hand, and the necessity to extract them from their natural environment, where they are rarely appreciated and contemplated, and finally endow them with an artistic meaning through alchemical processes that completely transform organic material into bronze”
Iohan’s artistic career began at Rufino Tamayo School of Fine Arts, in Oaxaca Mexico a place renowned for his culture, traditions and a great recognition for his school of artists who have left a very important mark on Mexican art.
During his career Iohan has opened his mind to different influences, finding his inspiration in many cultures, he studied at “Forma ceramic school” based in Barcelona, Spain; where he improved his ceramic skills, and then continue to develop them at Girona school in Medellin Colombia, at the same time he also attended Lucas Restrepo atelier, working for the first time with metals such as silver, gold, and bronze.
In Medellin his most recent project emerged, called "Botanic treaties", inspired by the impactful biodiversity of Colombia and based on the forms of nature, he began to explore new possibilities of work with noble metal sculpture by first making small pieces of jewelry and then evolving into a botanical register.
Iohan has a special relationship towards nature, based on respect mixed with fascination, he collects tree barks, leaves, flowers, insects, exploring their colors, shapes, and textures, he finds his fascination *and inspiration in the need to keep them alive and give them perpetuity in time.
Exploring the biodiversity that surrounds us, he develops his works of art, surely these amazing pieces will be developed over time to give birth to unique works.
His work is usually showcased with an immense influence of Mexican folklore; his art evoke an essence of Mexico.
Born in Oaxaca, Mexico
Lives & works in Oaxaca, Mexico
2008 - 2012 Ciencias de la comunicación, Universidad Anáhuac, Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
2012 - 2013 Artes Visuales, Historia y contemporaneidad, INBA/Taller Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
2014 - 2016 Cerámica, Taller Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca, México.
2015 Técnica de Cerámica japonesa “Rakú” Taller REDOX, Oaxaca, México.
2015 Construcción de la figura humana, Miriam Medrez, Centro de las Artes de San Agustín. San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, México.
2016 Escuela de Cerámica “Forma” Barcelona, España,
2016 - 2017 Taller de Cerámica “Girona” Medellín, Colombia.
2017 - 2018 Lucas Restrepo, “Joyería de Autor” Medellín, Colombia.
2018 Barro Canelo, Maestro Pablo Pajarito, Tonalá, México.
2018 - 2019 Radius Community Art Studios” Portland, Oregon, EUA.
2019 Salvadore Ceramics, L´Isle Jourdain, Francia.
2019 LevelFive, Felting Studio, Stefanie Salzmann, Bruselas, Bélgica.
2017 “Art Bike” Paseo de la Reforma, CD de México.
2018 Indocumentados “Salón Emergente” Guadalajara, México.
2018 "Made in Oaxaca" Taller espacio Alternativo, Oaxaca, México.
2018 "Pop-Up Centro" Carla Fernández
Downtown, CD. de México.
2019 “Iohan Figueroa”, Via Raíz, Portland, Oregon, EUA.
2019 “Esencia de Camino” , San Sebastían Teitipac, Oaxaca, México.
2020 “Un Jardín Sin Tiempo”, La Señora, Oaxaca, México.