About Juan Vallejo
My family came from San Luis Potosi in the mountains of Central Mexico. Their village was named “El Tanque de Dolores” which was built in the ruins of an Hacienda. They came for a better life in the United States.
I grew up working in the fields as a teenager and up to my early twenties. We would leave school early may for the planting season and return to the valley around September or October, depending how long my parents wanted to stay. There were times he had to hide from the school busses because we were not supposed to be working. Growing up a migrant worker, I was brought up constantly using my hands either digging in the ground harvesting onions or using tools to fix broken machinery to keep the work going. With clay I can continue working with my hands to create and experiment in many ways.
My work is inspired by Mexican migrant culture and the long-standing relationship between the united states and Mexico and the use of the migrant body.