Juan Fernández Rivera aka JUFE is a Puerto Rican street artist born in Rio Piedras, in 1985. He attended the Central High School of Visual Arts in Santurce and graduated with honors in Sculpture in 2003. At the same period, his interest for wall painting started through the art of graffiti. He was accepted at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico where he has completed two full years and developed his skills for space and forms perception.
While designing, he became attracted by continuous traces and line forms, the two elements that would define his style in the following years, and started using ink as his main medium. His passion for public art and his interest to improve abandoned surroundings with visual embellishments, took him back to his beginnings, this time as a muralist.
In 2010, JUFE formed the art collaboration with Alexis Diaz. Duo, known as La Pandilla, started the process of transforming a neighborhood with their unique technique of ink over the wall. JUFE and Alexis quickly gained recognition for their intricate visuals of cross-hatched animals morphing into other animals, some of which had anthropomorphic features.
Today JUFE is a professional artist, his style has developed into a refined form of intricate tracing, wire framing, and pointillism. He uses a blend of different painting surfaces and combines acrylic to give his color ways, immense quality of finish and depth to his pieces.
JUFE lives and works in San Juan where he continues his quest for improving what surrounds him with his unique art style.