Juan Manuel De la Rosa

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Juan Manuel De la Rosa (1945 - 2021) is a painter, engraver, and ceramicist known for his works on handmade paper. He studied lesser-known techniques for painting and papermaking from Japan, Egypt, Fiyi and France; his handmade paper is typically made of linen, cotton, or hemp. With these traditional approaches, he creates layers and adds new dimensions to his artworks.

Born in Sierra Hermosa, Zacatecas, Mexico, de la Rosa studied at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and La Esmeralda in Mexico City. The Nuevo León government gave him a grant to study and work at Atelier Clot and the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and the Dimitri Papageorgiou workshop in Spain. De la Rosa has taught courses in institutions in Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. His works have been exhibited at the Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas, Mexico; the Amalgama Gallery, Brussels; and the Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris.

He is survived by his three daughters Alejandra, Natalia and Valentina, and your son Pablo Emiliano.


Juan Manuel De la Rosa was born in Sierra Hermosa, a small village in the municipality of Villa de Cos, Zacatecas, in 1945. At the age of 17 he studied at the Arts Workshop at the University of Nuevo Leon. In the years 1962 to 1963 he moved to Mexico City to continue his studies at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving The Esmeralda, the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), founded in 1927 under President Plutarco Elias Calles. In the late sixties (1969), he moved to the shoal area to study at the University of Guanajuato. By the University of Nuevo Leon won a scholarship to study at the Atelier Clot, the Bramsen, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and Dimitri Papaguerguiu workshop in Madrid.


He is a noted painter, engraver, maker of paper and ceramics. Juan Manuel De la Rosa has done throughout his career specialized studies on various techniques of making handmade paper in countries like Egypt, USA and Japan. He has also taught courses in this specialty in different institutions in various countries.

In 2002, during the presentation of the exhibition Barichara vegetables, writer and essayist Silvia Molina referred to Juan Manuel de la Rosa as "an artist's delicate and elegant, making it unique, an artist who has come to make us believe the work process is simple because it has been simplified, or rather, to purify their technique, to deliver a strong work conveys serenity, poise attacking with his inner demons. "[citation needed]

The painter Zacatecas present the exhibition The desert of salt, July 3 at the Headquarters of Art, located in the former Convent of San Francisco, Zacatecas, Zac. His work has been noted for being humble and smart. He has visited countries such as Venezuela, United States, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia, Argentina, Spain and several states in Mexico, with solo exhibitions since 1966 with its first exhibition in the Gallery Form the city of Monterrey. Since then has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in cities such as Aguascalientes, Puebla, Zacatecas Mexico City, Guanajuato, Morelia, Buenos Aires, Zurich, Madrid, Brussels, Caracas, San Francisco and Bogota.


Year Name Location City State Country
2009 El desierto de la sal Cuartel del Arte Museo Pachuca Hidalgo Mexico
2008 La superficie es el papel Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
2007 Travesías Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez Zacatecas Mexico
Desplazamientos y travesías Museo Francisco Cossío San Luis Potosí San Luís Potosí Mexico
2005 El desierto y su corazón flotante Galería Metropolitana, UAM Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
Mexico Casa Natal de Ramón López Velarde Jerez Zacatecas Mexico.
2004 El sueño del desierto Galería Arroyo de la Plata Zacatecas Zacatecas Mexico
2002 Las nubes vegetales de Barichara Instituto de Mexico Madrid Spain
Barichara, lo visible de lo invisible Colombia Venezuela
Galería Arroyo de la Plata Zacatecas Zacatecas Mexico
2001 Un corazón flotante Galería Arroyo de la Plata Zacatecas Zacatecas Mexico
Galería Randall Erickson Palm Springs California United States
2000 Estudio-Galería Puebla Puebla Mexico
Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato Mexico
Corrientes Estudio Paraíso Argentina
Galería Randall Erickson Palm Springs California United States.
Galería Rahn Zurich Switzerland
1997 Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Morelia Michoacán Mexico
1996 Museo Sacro Caracas Venezuela
Ex Templo de San Agustín Zacatecas Zacatecas Mexico
Galería Irma Valerio Zacatecas Zacatecas Mexico
Orbe Galerìa de Arte Cancún Quintana Roo Mexico
1995 Museo del Pueblo Guanajuato Guanajuato Mexico
1992 Librería Francesa Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
1990 Centro Cultural de Mexico Paris France
1987 Iturralde Gallery La Jolla California United States
1982 Galería López Quiroga Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
1981 Galería Viva Mexico Caracas Venezuela
1980 Galería Viva Mexico Caracas Venezuela
Galerìa Miro Monterrey Nuevo León Mexico
1979 Galería Kin Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
1977 The Mexican Museum San Francisco California United States
1976 Galería Misrachi Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
1974 Galería Miró Monterrey Nuevo León Mexico
1973 Galería Mendoza Caracas Venezuela
1972 Galería Edvard Munch Mexico
Galería Lepe Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico
1971 Galería de Arte Grabado Caracas Venezuela
1969 Galería Antonio Souza Mexico City Mexico DF Mexico
1966 Galería Forma Monterrey Nuevo León Mexico


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