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Juan Rodriguez Sandoval, known respectfully as "Hwahn" (he/him/his), originates from Guatemala and proudly resides on Brayakaulung country in South East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.

Juan's artistic pursuit isn't merely about aesthetics; it's a profound commitment to catalyzing societal transformation. Grounded in his Latin heritage and driven by a deep-seated reverence for environmental sovereignty, Juan's work traverses realms, delving into the complexities of displacement, borders, and human movement, while prioritizing the protection of nature's integrity.

A cornerstone of Juan's practice is his unwavering respect for the custodians of the land. He diligently collaborates with Indigenous elders, recognizing the invaluable wisdom they hold and ensuring his creative endeavours honour their cultural protocols with sincerity and integrity.

Working with elemental and organic materials, Juan underscores the intrinsic value of these substances, viewing them not as mere mediums, but as living entities steeped in historical and geographical significance.


His dedication to sustainability is palpable, as he employs contemporary techniques to transform recycled and upcycled materials into poignant reflections on ecological consciousness and cultural heritage.

Beyond the confines of his studio, Juan's work has graced prestigious galleries and venues worldwide, from bustling metropolises to intimate community spaces. His major public art commission by the Latrobe Regional Gallery stands as a testament to his ability to infuse inclusivity and community engagement into public realms.

In the midst of his artistic pursuits, Juan remains steadfast in his role as a parent, recognizing the interplay between his personal growth and artistic evolution. His journey, both as an artist and an individual, is a testament to the enduring impact of art on society and the profound connections it fosters between people and their environment.

Juan has exhibited his work in various galleries and spaces, including the School House Studios, Blindside Gallery, Trocadero Art Space, Noir Darkroom, Kingston Arts Gallery, Intermission Gallery, Monash University, Brickwall Studios, No Vacancy Gallery, Marfa Gallery, The Other Art Fair, Community-run-space Woven Projects, West Space, Bunjil Place, Incinerator Gallery, and at the ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Juan has been a finalist for the McClelland Award for small sculpture (2020) and has successfully taken an Artist residency with Brazilian Artist Run Space, Olhão, in Barra Funda, São Paulo, Brazil,  The Land Art Collective in London, England and Centre for Projection Art, Collingwood, Australia. Juan has had a major public art commission by the Latrobe Reginal Gallery housed in the ethereal landscapes and ecosystems of the Moe - Yallour Rail Trail. You can also find his work housed in both private and public collections in Australia, overseas and archived in outer space.

Juan's current endeavour is a debut-solo exhibition in Launceston, Tasmania later in August 2024. 


(T) Artist Juan Rodriguez Sandoval installing Bed II at Blindside Gallery, 2020. Photo by Caitlin M. Rutherford, 2020. (B) Detail of Install documentation of The Golden Record, 2019 at School House Studios, Collingwood. Photo by Juan Rodriguez Sandoval.

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