A Canadian citizen born in Venezuela, Juan Bautista Plaza s a wide variety of interests; one of them is drawing Dr. Wiggl’s Ph.D.
Plaza began drawing in 1998 as an escape from the endless conference calls of today’s corporate world. His pen and ink drawings, consisting mainly of wiggles and dots developed into something more formal with the series “Empty Rooms”.
As the drawings became more complex, Plaza realized he needed a messenger.
In 2002, Plaza drew his first Dr. Wiggl’s Ph.D. with a very appropriate name, “Pursue Your Dreams”. The rapid succession of the drawings and evolution of the character over a three-year period has resulted in over 60 originals. The complexity of today’s work is not comparable with the first drawings, but the strong link between the written words and the hidden messages remain as clear.
In 1984, Plaza obtained his degree as a Geodetic Engineer from Central University of Venezuela and 20 years later his MBA from Florida International University.
Plaza is also an accomplished surfboard builder (www.kuyagua.com) and carpenter, a bonsai enthusiast, makes his own wines, loves to cook, is writing a novel on his adventures as a surveyor in the gold and diamond mines of the Amazon and has recently obtained his private pilot’s license. The artist is also a successful sales manager for a well known software company; lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife Alison and their two children, Andrea and Carlos.
No wonder his friends call him a Renaissance Man!
Technique & Materials
Dr. Wiggl’s Ph.D. is an inseparable love affair between words and graphics.
Plaza uses a combination of long, elegant lines, wiggles and dots to create an atmosphere of surreal spaces surrounding his character Dr. Wiggl’s Ph.D.
In most cases this combination of lines and dots follow Dr. Wiggl’s throughout the page, showing the truth behind the apparent serenity of the faceless character.
A careful examination of these “tails” following Dr. Wiggl’s wherever he goes, will reveal a complex, irreverent and elaborate world of subtle messages and hidden creatures.
There is no separation between the graphics on the page and the name of the piece. Plaza starts each work with the title. The development of the drawing belongs to the complete abandonment to the subconscious. The hand belongs to the mind; it follows instructions from within. Images pop-up and disappear with the same speed. The end result is but a fraction of the hidden messages.
Plaza’s material is china ink over slightly textured, water marked paper. The paper format is A4 (8 ¼ by 11 ¾) which is the European version of the Letter format. The ink used in Plaza’s work is waterproof “Black India” ink for Rapidograph® pens designed for technical drawings. Plaza uses Rotring Rapidograph® pens that range from 0.13 to 1.4 in thickness.