Juan Pierri has developed a personal iconography that reveals his cultural influences. Drawing from popular culture, personal reference, and a serious interest in the etymology of language, he creates a complex cultural/personal narrative by exploring the relationship between image and word in the media of painting and drawing. He is naturally drawn to subject matter that is popular and language-based. Pierri has created several four-by-five-foot canvases with anatomical icons as the main symbols. He surrounds the images with text (lists of his most cherished things and/or references to pop culture) that point to the main parts of the central image.