The Fine Art of Toca: A Caribbean Vision

Juan Carlos Toca's childhood upbringing was inspired by natural Caribbean landscapes, the Colonial architecture el Yunque and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was influenced by the architectural designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. When he visited his Grandmotherís home and the studio of his Godfather, Eddy, who was studying architecture at the time, the imagery of master paintings and sculpture stirred his artistic ambitions. At the age of twenty, he began sculpting commissions for patrons in the field of architecture and real estate development.

In 1995, Juan Carlos' work was selected by Dr. Samella Lewis, a guest curator of the Caribbean Visions exhibition and a leading scholar of the arts of the Caribbean and Africa. In this two year travelling exhibition, his work was compared to Brancusi, Henry Moore, and David Smith. This exhibition showcased contemporary Caribbean and Latin American artists. In 1990, one of this first works was sculpted for Amnesty International USA.

His work has been exhibited in local Miami venues and prominent museums in the United States such as:

 

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