Juan Raul Hoyos was born in the town of Bolívar, department of Antioquia, Colombia in 1962. Between 1981 and 1984, he studied fine arts

at the Medellín branch of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

At the beginning of the 1980´s he moved to Bogotá, where he worked for four years as an assistant to the Colombian photographer Dora Franco. He held his first exhibitions there, at the DINERS gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art, and after being invited to the “1985 New Expressions Salon” was offered the opportunity to participate in a collective exhibition at the Kunstforum, Arabellapark, in Munich, Germany.

At the beginning of the 1990´s, he settled in New York, where he worked as a photographer for a few years and continued with his artistic activities. He participated in a number of collective exhibitions there and held his first one-man show outside of Colombia there, at the Paulina Rieloff gallery.

At the end of the 1990´s he travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico, as Artist-in-Residence at the Santa Fe Academy of Art, where in addition to holding silkscreen workshops he took part in a number of exhibitions.

Since 2002 he has lived and worked in Miami.

He constantly participates in artistic events in Colombia, showing at the Regional and National Salons, among others. In 2009 he had a one-man show, entitled “Pictográfica”, at the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (MAMM). As a parallel event, he ran a workshop project for 16 students from the art faculties of Medellín, entitled “EXIT”, whose results were also shown at the exhibition. In 2010 he was invited to take part in the “Puntos de Fuga show on “possible architectures,” an event that forms part of the 7th Interamericana Biennial of Architecture.


His work covers painting, photography, drawing and silk-screen prints on diverse materials.


It is important to point out that in the course of the past 25 years his work has been intimately related with the places where he has lived. Right up to the present time, each of the series which he has realized is grounded in a close and detailed observation of his urban environment, workplace and city.