Juan Alejandro Fried Ortiz de Zarate is an architect and artist whose work reflects the diversity of his ancestry, his urban experiences, and a new home in the countryside. Juan studied art history and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota. As an architect and urban designer, he completed award-winning designs for public agencies and community groups. As an emerging artist, he continues his study of form, space, and materials on a more intimate scale.
As an architect (under the name John Fried, and in collaboration with several design firms), his work received national and international design awards, and has been featured in various publications including: Process + Projects; Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age; Chicago Architects: A Genealogy; Architect; ProgressiveArchitecture; designguide.com; archiplanet.org; and architectureexposed.com.
He started forging and fusing his geometric, architectonic work in the winter of 2014. He is now a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild, and was recently invited to be a Klimt02 Jeweler. He has participated in the following juried exhibitions:
2015 JoyaBarcelona Fair
2015 MadridJoya Fair
2016 SNAG (up)Setting the Stone Online Exhibition http://www.snagspace.org/upsetting-the-stone
2016 /Kyoob/ Exhibition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University, and in
2017 at the Contemporary Craft Satellite Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA http://triblive.com/aande/museums/12101582-74/at-this-exhibit-its-hip-to-be-square
2017 Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas, USA https://dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft
2017 American Craft Council, Hip Pop Emerging Artist https://craftcouncil.org/show/artist/juan-fried-ortiz-de-zarate?show=6906
and has been published in:
2015/2016 Anuario de Joyería Contemporánea and Arte and Joya Journal
2017 SNAG's 1st Annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS)
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