Juan Carlos Merlo started drawing as a child in Elortondo, a rural village of some 2,000 in Argentina. His family were among the founders of the village where he was born in 1948. He has since lived in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Tuscany and New York.
His formal training as a painter began in 1999 at The Art Students’ League and continued at The School of Visual Arts. His work has been shown at an invitational group show at Le Mois des Peintures à Grande Case, St. Martin (FWI), and at a one-man show at The Nicholas Davis Gallery in New York. His subjects are places and people, and include many privately commissioned portraits.
“Painting is my way of collecting images from the past and projecting them into a future, either possible or imaginary. In these works I revive customs, personal experiences and images, making them visible.”