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Javier Arizabalo

ARTIST

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Biography

Life Events

Javier Arizabalo was born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, in 1965. He developed his talent alongside various artists from the Bidasoa region and at the Irun Academy of Drawing, before studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Leioa (1983-1988), where he graduated in Graphic Art.

From 1989 to 2004, he worked as a graphic designer and made inroads in computer-generated photography and imaging, as well as lecturing at the Irun Academy of Painting and Drawing from 1997 to 2001.

In 2006, he took up oil painting as an activity, working on photorealism and classical painting. Above all, his work showcases the human figure linked both to the concept of beauty and to the “reality” of specific people, with their evolution revealed in their imperfections or wrinkles.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 AMAIA Cultural Centre, Irun

2011 Extremadura Regional Government, Mérida

1989 La Pecera Gallery, Irun

 

JOINT EXHIBITIONS

2018

Artmundi Gallery, Paris; Two Art Gallery, Murcia.

2017

Artmundi Gallery, Paris; Exhibition “New Reality”, Emilio Varela Gallery, Alicante; “Toledo, Art without Borders” San Clemente Cultural Centre. Santana Art Gallery, Madrid.

2016

Artmundi Gallery, Paris; Exhibition “A Different Reality”, Ateneo de Madrid; Contemporary Mexican Art, Monterey (Mexico).

2015

Artmundi Gallery, Paris; San Sebastián Aquarium; Exhibition “A Different Reality”, La Vaguada Cultural Centre, Madrid.

2014

Artmundi Gallery, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid), Contemporary Mexican Art, Monterrey (Mexico), Perez & Ortiz Fine Art, Santiago de Chile.

2013

Archange Gallery, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid); Art Santa Fe, Gaudi Gallery, (United States).

2012

Archange Gallery Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid); Art-Karlsruhe, Gaudi Gallery, Karlsruhe (Germany); ARTEANDO Fair, Gaudi Gallery, Irun; “Something More Than Realism VI”, Aragon Art Association; ST-ART 2012, Gaudi Gallery, Strasbourg (France).

2011

Archange Gallery, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid); Selected for the Autocugat Art Awards, Cloister of the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat; ARTEANDO Fair in Irun; Alexander Gallery, Shanghai Art Fair; Gaudi Gallery, ARTi11, The Hague

2010

Archange Gallery, Paris; Gaudi Gallery, Madrid

2009

Archange Gallery, Paris; Puroarte Fair, Vigo; Glasgow Art Fair (Great Britain); Art Open Fair, Utrecht (Holland); “Something More Than Realism III”, Aragon Art Association, Colours Gallery, Edinburgh; “Something More Than Realism III”, Aragon Art Association

2008

Gaudi Gallery, Madrid; Archange Gallery, Paris; Kunstart08, Bolzano (Italy); Art Open Fair, Utrecht (Holland); DE-Fine Art, Atlanta (USA); Zantman Art Galleries, California (USA); David W. Streets Gallery, California (USA); Clave Gallery, Cordoba; “Something More Than Realism II”, Aragon Art Association, Zaragoza; Lineart 08, Ghent (Belgium)

2007

Archange Gallery, Paris; Art Pur & Fer Creations, Paris; Artz Art Fair, Zaragoza

1986

Exhibition Hall of the Municipal Savings Bank of San Sebastián

1985

Exhibition Hall of Portugalete Town Hall

 

WORK IN COLLECTIONS

Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain, United States, France, Holland, India, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, Russia and Kuwait

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

JAVIER ARIZABALO, Galerie Archange Éditions, 2008

ANUARIO ARTELIBRE, ARTE Y LIBERTAD IV y V, Editorial Comuniter, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

POETS AND ARTISTS, December 2010, Editor Didi Menendez

POST-MODERN TIMES, Volume 1, Number 1, Founding Editor Stephen Smith

JAVIER ARIZABALO GARCIA, Edited by Extremadura Regional Government, 2011

JAVIER ARIZABALO, Edited by Irun Town Hall, 2012

MASTERS OF PAINTING, Edited by Art Galaxie, 2017

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1996-1999

Lecturer in Painting at Irun Municipal Academy

2015

Workshop “The Human Body”, Roja Gallery, Seville

2016

Workshop “Portrait”, Roja Gallery, Seville; Workshop “Human Body, Light and Colour”, Arcilla Foundation, Madrid

2017

Workshop “The Detail”, Imart, Alicante

2018

Workshop at Craneo Creaciones, Seville; Workshop at Eskreativo, San Sebastián

2014

Honorary member of the Cofradía del Salmón, Irun

He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country in 1988, although it wasn’t until 2005 that he decided to make this his profession.

His work is focused on realism and the human figure, seen from a classical perspective. The models of his works are presented to be observed, calmly, lit to highlight their volumes. In his most recent works, the level of detail has increased, approaching what has been called hyperrealism.

 

He divides his production between exhibitions at select galleries and sales to private customers and collectors in America, Europe and Asia. He has held three individual exhibitions and taken part in numerous joint exhibitions, mainly in Spain.

 

His work is on show at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, the prestigious Count Ibex Masterpieces Collection and at the Arcilla Foundation in Spain, which promotes figurative art.

He also holds international workshops, at which he conveys his experience and helps his students to improve their observation, analysis and execution.

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