Juan Sebastian Restrepo graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) in the Art and Design Studio (Master of Fine Arts, MFA) program. His area of concentration in the Department of Art and Design was Painting. He taught Foundation Studio: Visual Organization 1 in SIUE, which focused on elements and principles of design as it relates to the organization of the two-dimensional picture surface. Before attending SIUE, Restrepo graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in New York City where he focused on painting.
Restrepo examines everyday photographs using paint to “construct” and de-construct identity. He depicts the figure anonymous , this allows him to reevaluate social constructs, common gender stereotypes and human psychological conditions. In order to reform old memories the notion of abstraction in the visual arts is a gestalt that he employs to tap into the structure of human consciousness. He is interested in the reception of information, and through the study of semiotics he examines the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and the senses.