“Juan Muniz – Artist and creator of Felipe the Bunny, an anthropomorphic little character who is depicted in everyday circumstances of hope, levity and challenge. Though simplistic in style, Juan’s paintings offer deeper messages that appeal to art collectors around the world and have also been used to represent such well known organizations as the NBA, the UFC, Pepsi and Zappos”.
Born in Mexico and raised in Southern California, Juan Muniz is a toy designer, muralist and fine artist with an art career spanning over 15 years. He has shown his unique style of art...
Born in Mexico and raised in Southern California, Juan Muniz is a toy designer, muralist and fine artist with an art career spanning over 15 years. He has shown his unique style of art – a mixture of pop art, pop surrealism, animation and lowbrow - in galleries from prestigious locales such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Japan, San Francisco, and Taipei.
Muniz conceptualized a collection of original characters, most notably Felipe the Bunny, an anthropomorphic little bunny who is depicted in everyday circumstances of hope, joy and challenge. He chose to name this original creation after his brother, Felipe, who passed away at birth. Through Felipe the Bunny and the additional cast of characters, Muniz’s work is meant to portray universal messages about life in today’s society; from love, and compassion, to heart break, anxiety, and depression. With child-like charm and a bright color palette, Muniz expresses his emotions in such a way that the viewer is drawn into his paintings with an open heart and open mind, ideally connecting to the simplest and deepest part of us all.
Juan Muniz has also successfully taken his talents and art career beyond the traditional art gallery using street art, apparel and toys. Universally known organizations such as the NBA, UFC, Insomniac Inc, Hard Rock Hotel/Cafe, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Zappos, Don Julio Tequila, Pepsi, and The Sugar Factory to name a few, have enlisted his creative talents for branding and artistic imagery. And, personally intrigued by the fascinating realm of vinyl toys, Juan launched himself into the designer toy world by creating his first vinyl figure “UHOH”, which completely sold out! He quickly followed it up with the vinyl toy “Smile”, winning the esteemed “Artist of the Year 2017” at the Designer Toy Awards.
Today we are able to see Juan Muniz’s new originals and recent character creations through select Signature Gallery locations. Look for an upcoming show!
“Say it simple, Mean it Deep” – Juan Muniz
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