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"Breaking Barriers" by Juan Lucero: painting of a fist punching through a brick wall. On the other side of the wall there is a line of bright light

“Breaking Barriers”

Artist: Juan M. Lucero, Arlington

Description: 24” x 18” painting.

Artist Statement: What I’ve painted is the liberation of being placed and keeping you away from doing things that are normal to other people. Painting is a form of expressing getting out your inner self and tell about your feelings and that is what I’ve painted here. “Breaking Barriers” as the titles say. Being on disability- it’s a life changer in every aspect for me and is losing my hearing a sign that is very much of having NF2. We, humans, do everything with hearing but for the person that can hear well can not see the problem and that affects my life in general in every single aspect. So my idea of breaking a barrier for me personally would be to physically break a walls, barriers and finally arrive at the bright positive future without any barriers what so ever.

About the Artist: I was born in Ecuador, South America. My father said that I should get a bilingual education. I arrived in NY City in November 1970. My sister drove there to pick us up. Two weeks later I entered grammar school in Watertown, MA and graduated from Watertown High School in 1975. I started studying Architecture at BAC but it was not creative enough so I quit and got a job at a Medical Agency in Kenmore Sq. At lunch one day I was doodling in color when the owner approached me and asked me what I was doing and I said that I was at lunch then he stated that I was wasting my time there and I should join an Art School so I did by the next September at the New England School of Art & Design (Suffolk U), where they taught you about Art History. I graduated and got a job at a Printing Company so I Iearned everything to do with printing with no computers around.

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