Juan Alonso-Rodríguez (Seattle) arrived in the United States from his native Cuba exactly one month before his tenth birthday. He is a self-taught artist whose transition from music to visual arts coincided with his move to Seattle in 1982. In addition to being a visual artist, Juan is an activist for arts and social justice and a strong voice for inclusion in the arts. Since 2007, Juan has maintained a studio in Pioneer Square, using his own space as a tool to bring awareness to the mission of chosen nonprofits. Juan's work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and Latin America. He currently serves as a Seattle Arts Commissioner and is a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee.