Artist Juan Francisco Adaro knew at an early age that his path was different from that of many others.

Adaro's decision to pursue his chosen life's path is one that came naturally.

"I didn't have to make that decision," he says. "I don't think you can become an artist; you either are, or you're not." 

He began drawing as a young child, but in 1993, he experienced his "ah ha" moment and found the poetry in the pictures he was creating.

"I observed the energy of a thousand great artists from all around the world and I found myself in between the lines I was playing with," he says in his lyrical Argentine manner of speaking.

As he paints in between the lines with which he plays, Adaro says he is inspired by his experiences with life and the relations between culture and nature. The medium he is using at any particular time is like having a conversation with the material, he said.

"Sometimes that dialogue takes years to bloom," he says.

Very imaginatively, the artist does not seem to have a clear preference in mediums, using acrylic, oleo, watercolors, tempera, pencils, collage, reverse paintings, spray paint, and anything else that catches his attention when the urge to create strikes him.

His paintings can be abstract or figurative, but they always seem to be a kind of personal diary, he says.

"I feel that I have been painting only one picture all my life — layer after layer — and that skin became more interesting," he says. 

While the artist said he has done many things in his life to pay his bills, the jobs that have appeared have mostly revolved around creating portraits and residential murals and paintings.

Adaro has lived between his native Buenos Aires and Santa Rosa Beach for three years before making his move to Seagrove permanent in February. He met his future wife 12 years ago when he was a street artist in Buenos Aires. When they met, she bought two of his 8 foot by 5-foot paintings. Nine years later, she was back in Buenos Aires and the two met again. "But this time, she took home the artist," he said with a smile.

The couple has been married for three years now and live in Seagrove with their puppy. His wife is Brooke Gontarek, general manager of The Vue on 30A.

Adaro has shown at ArtQuest since 2011. He took home the Best in Show award last year. This year he will return and show 10 pieces of his artwork in Booth No. 119.

In addition to ArtsQuest, he has also taken home an award of excellence at Mattie Kelly in 2012 and many awards in Argentina.

You can also find his pieces at Amavida in Rosemary Beach, The Art of Simple in Seaside, Alison Wickey Gallery in Seacrest, Creason’s Fine Art in New Orleans, Besharat in Atlanta, Giovanni Rossi in Fort Lauderdale, and Atelier Galleries in Charleston.

Check out his latest art project at

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