Juan Guzman shops as an artistic practice. What he likes about the things he buys is their attitude. He chooses images from mass culture to talk about politics, art, painting, cultural issues, taste, the material world, pleasure, power, sexuality, gender and the role of the artist’s external life in the larger culture. By adding more layers, he distorts what is already distorted. If the world is so twisted at times, why not view it with a little bit of humor? He can make jokes without smiling. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where he lived until 2014. He received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.