Juan Yoc, was born in Guatemala City in 1960. The Maya roots are reflected in the work through his particular vision based on magical realism, the mixture of mythological creatures and animals that coexist within a dreamlike space, where the figure Feminine occupies a predominant place. Currently Yoc resides in Spain where he arrived to stay in 1991. He lives in the mountains of Madrid next to a natural environment.
Yoc dominates the drawing, the engraving, the watercolor and the painting. Use mixed techniques integrating oil, acrylic, watercolor, inks, charcoal, pen, marker pen and pencil. He is able to draw like Alberto Durero or Francisco de Goya, has assimilated the techniques of the great masters, but he has been profiling his own personality creating an unmistakable seal. Its supports are paper, cardboard, wood, canvas and any surface to be transformed by his creative hand.
Juan Yoc is a figurative artist mainly as a draftsman, but as a plastic artist he dares with abstract painting and also paints figurative works and in some cases mixes abstraction and figuration in the same work. He fluently manipulates the color he has inherited from the colorful riches of Guatemalan looms, the visual richness of the tropical landscapes of his native Guatemala and has integrated the light variant of the seasonal changes of Spain.
He has received several prizes of drawing and painting in Spain and Guatemala.
Juan Yoc studied art at the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) in Guatemala City in 1978-1982.
Later he was professor of artistic drawing level III in the same ENAP of 1986-1992.
1990 Participates in the Workshop "Aesthetic Concepts", directed by the Guatemalan painter and architect Elmar Rojas.
1989 Founder of the group of painters ITZUL.
1988 Creditor of the "Mexican Culture" Scholarship, Mexico. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala.
2001 49 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
XI National Contest of Drawing "Gregorio Prieto", Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real, Spain.
1997 V National Contest of Drawing "Gregorio Prieto", Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real, Spain.
1986 National Contest of Drawing "Antonio del Rincón", Diputación de Guadalajara, Madrid, Spain.
2001 Mention of Honor. XI National Contest of Drawing "Gregorio Prieto", Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real, Spain.
2000 Penagos Prize of Drawing, Madrid, Spain.
1999 Penagos Drawing Prize, Madrid, Spain.
1998 Penagos Prize of Drawing, Madrid, Spain.
1992 Second Prize. National Hall of Watercolor, Guatemala City.
1988 First Prize. National Hall of Watercolor, Guatemala City.
1986 Third Prize of Painting. Central American Competition September 15, Guatemala City.
1985 Third Prize. National Hall of Watercolor, Guatemala City. Honorific mention. I Biennial Contest Carmen de Pettersen
1984 Honorable Mention of Drawing. Biennial of Paiz Art, Guatemala City.
1982 Honorable Mention of Painting. Biennial of Paiz Art, Guatemala City.
2016 "Paintings, drawings", El Túnel Gallery, Guatemala City.
2015 "Imaginary Faces, imagined", Antigua Gallery, Guatemala.
2014 "On the other side of the sea", El Túnel Gallery, City of Guatemala.
"Of roots and raigambres", exhibition room, Casa de Cultura, San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
2011 “Lines and Spots”, Casa de Cultura de San Lorenzo Del Escorial,
2010 “Trilogy, Drawings”, Die-augen Gallery, Guatemala.
2008 “Between the Dream and the Vigil”, exhibition hall Casa de Cultura, San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
2007 “Erotic Drawings”, Carlos Woods Gallery, Guatemala City.
2006 “Exhibition, Naked looks, drawings and engravings”, Fund. Progreso y cultura, Madrid.
2005 “Series The Don Quixote. Watercolors, Drawings, Acrylics and Engravings”. House of America, Madrid.
“Series The Don Quixote. Watercolors, Drawings, Acrylics and Engravings. Casa de la Cultura, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid.
2004 “Dual track images”. Annta Gallery, Madrid.
2002 “Fish and other beings”. Casa de la Cultura, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid.
“Paintings and prints”. El Sitio Gallery, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.
“Exhibition of engravings”. Annta Gallery, Madrid.
2001 “Paintings and drawings”. Café Babel, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid.
2000 “Painting and drawings”. Festival of Latin American Art, Azago Forum. Traveling exhibition in Verona and Milano, Italy.
1999 “Drawings”. International Tribute to Miguel Ángel Asturias, University of Toulouse, France.
1998 “Paintings and drawings”, Arte América, Fairgrounds Country House, Madrid.
1996 “Drawings”. Caelum Gallery, Madrid.
“Exhibition of Watercolors”. Plástica Contemporánea Gallery, Guatemala City.
1994 “Images of torrid zone”. La Tarterie, Madrid.
“Paintings”. Iberoamericana Gallery, Madrid.
“Drawings. Introspection”. Bodega de Roberto "El Pirata", Madrid.
“Drawings”. Parador de Chinchón, Madrid.
1992 “Paintings and drawings”. Cultural Center "Nicolás Salmerón", City Hall of Madrid.
1988 "Drawings", El Túnel Gallery, Guatemala City.
1985 “Drawings”. The Dome Gallery, Guatemala City.
“Issues of indifference”. El Túnel Gallery, Guatemala City.
1984 “Experiences of the everyday”. IXCHEL Museum of the indigenous costume. Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala City.
1983 “Still Life”. El Túnel Gallery, Guatemala City.