Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 1982
Lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Radamés 'Juni' Figueroa obtained his BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas in 2007 and in 2013 completed his Programa La Practica, Beta Local in San Juan. In addition to his work as an artist, he has given talks at various institutions and art fairs, such as NADA in New York, and has acted as co-curator of various events, among them the First Tropical Biennial taking place in San Juan in 2012. His international presence has intensified in recent years, visible by: his participation in the Whitney Biennial, his residency at the Malba Museum and La Ene in Buenos Aires, which culminated in his site-specific installation being permanently acquired by the museum, and his solo exhibition Naguabo Rainbow, Daguao Enchumbao, Fango Fireflies at the Sculpture Center in New York, all of which took place in 2014. The “Tree House-Casa Club” in Naguabo, Puerto Rico that Juni constructed in 2013 is emblematic of his larger body of work: it is created out of the surrounding environment as it is made from materials found in the tropical rainforest in which it is located and the San Juan streets on which the artist grew up, but it also transforms its locale in that its construction acts as a performance yielding a finished product that is not closed, but active, accessible and celebratory.