Juan Manuel de la Rosa is a painter, engraver, and ceramicist known for his works on handmade paper. He studied lesser-known techniques for painting and papermaking from Japan, Egypt, and France; his handmade paper is typically made of linen, cotton, or hemp. With these traditional approaches, he creates layers and adds new dimensions to his artworks.
Born in Sierra Hermosa, Zacatecas, Mexico, de la Rosa studied at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and La Esmeralda in Mexico City. The Nuevo León government gave him a grant to study and work at Atelier Clot and the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and the Dimitri Papageorgiou workshop in Spain. De la Rosa has taught courses in institutions in Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. His works have been exhibited at the Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas, Mexico; the Amalgama Gallery, Brussels; and the Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris.