Today’s Monday inspiration is modernity’s one of the distinctive and important sculptors– JuanMuñoz. He is the man who depicted people in an absolutely different form and character in his works. The artist depicts his vision very interestingly with his rubber and bronze materials. All this gives the uniqueness to his works and makes him one of the best sculptors and his works are a valuable example for humanity.
Born in Madrid on March 17, 1953, the Spaniard Juan Muñoz was the second child of seven in an educated family. It is worth mentioning that he didn’t finish school. He just became very bored, found the studies uninteresting and was therefore excluded. After this, his father, who was an art critic, introduced him to modern art. Juan was raised in thedictatorial regime of Francisco Franco, but still managed to travel to London in 1970, where he continued his studies at the College of Art and Design. In 1982 he became a Fulbright scholar and went to New York to study at the Pratt Institute of Art.
His first exhibition was held in 1984, at Fernando Vijandes Gallery, Madrid. Since then, he has often been exhibited in Europe and rest of the world.
Muñozcreated sculptures basically with paper and rubber materials.
In 2000, he was awarded “Premio Nacional de Bellas Art” prize about which he said: “With this money, perhaps I will buy a watch” and then he once again stated his cynical approach to prizes
Juan unexpectedly died at the age of 48. The reason was a stroke and internal bleeding in Ibiza in his home in 2001, but he left the property to the world, left his vision, a special approach to the arts, which clearly shows that well-known forms may be represented differently and may describe powerful emotion. The large-scale painting by Juan “Many Times” is created with figures of a lot of people. All of them have their history and emotion. It is interesting being among them, you are being charged with a lot of thoughts and feelings at the same time.
Guggenheim Museum exhibits his works in New York and Bilbao, as well as London’s Tate modern and and Art Institute of Chicago.
Author: Nanouk Zaalishvili
English Edit: Nino Namoradze