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.

His architectural and urban design work* received national and international design awards, and has been featured in various publications including: Process + ProjectsTerror 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 (where he is currently a board member), and was recently invited to be a Klimt02 Jeweler. He has participated in the following juried exhibitions:

2019 Earrings Galore, Heidi Lowe Gallery, SNAG Chicago

2019 Coming of Age Exhibition, Adorned Spaces, SNAG Chicago

2017 American Craft Council, Hip Pop Emerging Artist https://craftcouncil.org/show/artist/juan-fried-ortiz-de-zarate?show=6906

2017 Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas, USA https://issuu.com/dentonarts/docs/2017_mhs_catalog_web

2017 /Kyoob/ Exhibition at the Contemporary Craft Satellite Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA http://triblive.com/aande/museums/12101582-74/at-this-exhibit-its-hip-to-be-square, and in

2016 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University

2016 SNAG (up)Setting the Stone Online Exhibition http://www.snagspace.org/upsetting-the-stone

2015 JoyaBarcelona Fair

2015 MadridJoya Fair

and has been published in:

2018 SNAG's Annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS)

2017 SNAG's Annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS)

2017 Materials: Hard + Soft Exhibit Catalog

2015/2016 Anuario de Joyería Contemporánea and Arte and Joya Journal

For more information, please contact me.

*under the name John Alejandro Fried

Using Format