Born in Palencia, Spain (1970) and educated at Chelsea College of Art & Design, Juan Cruz is an academic, artist and writer currently based in London.
Since 2014 he has been Professor of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, where he is also Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, having been Dean of the School of Fine Art until 2017. Formerly he was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design at LJMU, where he remains a visiting professor.
Juan was a member of the REF2014 Sub-Panel 34 and a co-opted member of the CHEAD Executive between 2012 and 2014. He is a member of Tate Liverpool Council and a trustee of the Liverpool Biennial, the John Moores Painting Prize and PEER. He is a Director of the IAAC (International Awards for Art Criticism) and a member of Nine Elms Development Board and Deputy Chair of Culture Steering Group.
Exhibitions of his own works are, more often than not, responsive to the particularities of the context where they are installed, but the work itself is almost always based on personal content. Cruz writes autobiographical narratives and shorter descriptive texts, which he has deployed through videos, installations, typescripts, prints and performances; he has also worked with translation, performing several oral translations of works from Spanish literature, including Don Quijote, into English and, more recently, of American art magazine Artforum into Spanish. In 2006 Juan Cruz A translation of Niebla (Fog) by Miguel de Unamuno was published by Forma and in 2007 another translated work, SEDA, an Interesting Story was included in The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B. and Other Stories , Serpent’s Tail, London.
His work has been exhibited at Matt’s Gallery, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid; the Edinburgh International Festival and the Melbourne Festival. In 1999 Cruz was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists and in 2000 named Artist Fellow at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. Between 1995 and 1998 Cruz was a regular contributor to the London-based magazine Art Monthly and has continued to write on the work of other artists throughout his career.
Cruz is represented by Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid and Matt’s Gallery, London.