Javier de Juan Spanish, b. 1958


His painting is movement, an unmistakable icon of the cultural revolution that was born in the Spanish capital in those wonderful 80s: Chenel, Tierno, 'Madriz', music and comics, the night and life.

Spanish artist, an outstanding figure in relation to the plastic image of the movida madrileña and the new figuration of the eighties in Spain.

He abandoned his architectural studies for his interest in the plastic arts. His intention was to visually show the transformations that were taking place in the urban environment of the Spanish capital, which he published in the legendary magazine Madriz from 1984 onwards and in other publications of the time such as La Luna, Madrid Me Mata, Sur Exprés and El Canto de la Tripulación. He also developed poster design through Editorial Port Said, of which he was the founder.


His work is influenced by the German design of the 1930s, American art of the 1950s and graffiti. In 1987 he published his first graphic novel Sic Transit o la muerte de Olivares (Sic Transit or the Death of Olivares), which was a milestone in Spain in relation to this type of publication. In 1989 he moved to New York, whose influence can be seen in his pictorial works, in which the dynamism of the forms is increased. He also began to work with etching, and in 1990 he settled in Sóller. Mallorca, where he developed a more reflective and intimate work. In 1994 he moved to Balsicas, Murcia, to a non-urban environment, which is reflected in his publication Un exilio mediopensionista, with extracts of notes, thoughts, drawings and stories. On his return to Madrid, his production expanded to new media, such as digital collages, the most outstanding being the mural in Barajas airport entitled El Viaje (The Journey). At the turn of the century he continued to experiment with new media in installations such as Los Paraísos Artificiales (Artificial Paradises); and works in video, film and 3D animation such as La Ciudad Invisible in Tabacalera or Mientras Tanto in Colón for Marca Madrid, in which he returns to the urban theme but now focusing on capturing movement as a plastic and descriptive element.

In 1985 he held his first solo exhibition at the Galería Ynguanzo in Madrid; he was subsequently linked to the Galería Moriarty and the Galería Max Estrella in Madrid. He has also shown his work individually in centres such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (1987) with a travelling exhibition visiting Geneva, Valencia and Barcelona; his first retrospective at Casal Solleric (Palma, 2003); and another anthological exhibition dedicated to his graphic work at the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo (Marbella, Málaga, 2010). In 1995 he was awarded the National Engraving Prize by the Calcografía Nacional.

His work is in collections and museums. Among others, Fundación Telefónica, Fundación Tabacalera, Fundación BBVA, Fundación Juan March, Fundación La Caixa, Fundación AENA, Colección del Banco de España, Calcografía Nacional, Lindner Foundation, Dusseldorf, Colección del Teatro Real de Madrid, Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville. Reina Sofia National Museum of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seville. Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid. Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving, Marbella.

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