Javier Suárez Jr. (b. Puerto Rico, 1972) studied architecture at the University of Florida. Being the son of an architect, he always felt compelled to follow in his father’s footsteps, though art has been his first love. What has made him a successful artist, though, is his innate passion. The works featured in Sarasota Icons can be described as “rational-Expressionism.” They result from synthesizing rational thinking (concept) and action (body, feelings). The stories of layered images and the rendering of moments within these images’ literal overlap generate a three-dimensional space perception from a two-dimensional plane. He lives and works in Sarasota.