It all began when Juan Diego, as a child, visited his grandparents on their farm out in the Spanish countryside. He discovered the nature and everything that exists in it, and he became specifically attached to and fascinated by insects and bugs. Many years later, long time after summer breaks and science and art studies, Juan could finally vent his fascination. He started to create butterflies, stick insects and every kind of six legged creatures out of paper. The only insect he has yet to create is the spider, because he finds them terrifying.
– When I graduated as a graphic designer and an illustrator I didn’t really know what to do next, like most people in the same situation. I found my old collection of insects and started thinking about what I could do with that, says Juan.
About five years ago, Juan discovered paper cutting. For an art project in school, Juan conducted some research to find interesting artists, and stumbled upon Rob Ryan, the London artist who works a lot with paper cutting. Juan decided to try it out and loved it from that moment on. Today, Juan only takes private commissions from customers who place orders through the web site, or sends requests through social media. He doesn’t want to do exhibitions since he finds them too time-consuming and they demand a lot of effort. Since he really wants his work to be meaningful and genuine to the observer, he always works near his clients to really get an understanding of what they want and what kind of expectations they have.
– I really enjoy having a long chat with my clients, discuss back and forth, and I try to ask as many questions as possible. It’s because I want everything I do to have a meaning and be significant for the the person who wants something from me, says Juan.